(Last updated on: 01/04/2020)
You likely may have heard of Adam’s Peak, in the Sabaragamuwa region of Sri Lanka. But you may not have heard of Little Adam’s Peak, four hours away in Ella. Little Adam’s Peak is a great alternative for those who don’t fancy climbing the larger volcano (you can read all about our climb up Adam’s Peak with a baby here). Here’s everything you need to know if you do fancy a trip to Litle Adam’s Peak!
What is Little Adam’s Peak?
As the name suggests, Little Adam’s Peak is a smaller version of Adam’s Peak. If the idea of a 5 hour hike doesn’t pique your interest, then Little Adam’s Peak is the one for you! It is a similar shape to the bigger mountain, but does not hold the sam religious significance – so there are less pilgrims, but more tourists and families willing to take on an easy trek.
Little Adam’s Peak is 1141 metres tall – that’s 3743 feet. This places it at just under half the height of the original Adam’s Peak, and the climb is much easier because of this. It generally takes around 45 minutes to an hour to reach the summit, via a zig zag path. You will be greeted with 360° views of the area when you get there!
Where is Little Adam’s Peak?
You can find Little Adam’s Peak in Ella, Sri Lanka. It is on Passara Road, and can be reached on foot from Ella itself in around half an hour to forty minutes. Head down via the Namunukula Road, and there is a sign-posted turn off to the right. Alternatively you can take a taxi, which only takes around 5-10 minutes but will cost in the region of £6-8 GBP.
Ella is a small town around 200 km east of the capital city of Colombo. It is in the Badulla District of the Uva Province, and is rich in bio-diversity.
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Climbing Little Adam’s Peak
When it comes to climbing Little Adam’s Peak, it’s fairly easy. Make your way there from Ella, and you’ll find a large white buddha marking the start of the mountain route. First you will pass through tea plantations – lush green spaces full of women plucking the tea leaves. There are stunning waterfalls and paddy fields too, and the climb gradually gets a bit steeper.
However, it is so worth it when you reach the top. Turn your head in every direction and you’ll see rolling green fields, beautiful skies and stunning scenery. See if you can spot the incredible Ella’s Rock, too!
Due to being a fairly easy climb, Little Adam’s Peak is definitely something you can do as a family – people often take their small children with them, and it can be a lot of fun. There are plenty of different plants, birds and insects to see on the way, many that your children probably won’t have seen before, so it’s a great learning opportunity. On top of that, it’s a great way to introduce them to hiking. You can organise a private tour, to make things even easier for everybody! That way you’ll get picked up and dropped off, so the only walking you’ll need to do is the hike itself…
It is worth getting up and climbing Little Adam’s Peak early in the morning. That way, you’ll be able to watch a beautiful sunrise when you get to the top! Stop for breakfast at 98 Acres Resort & Spa on your way back down, and you’ve started your day in Ella, Sri Lanka perfectly.
Staying in Ella to climb the peak
The best place to stay when you’re wanting to climb Little Adam’s Peak is, of course, the town of Ella itself. There are plenty of places to stay here, whether you want budget or luxury. Here are some recommendations!
Hangover Hostels Ella offers private rooms and dormitories. There is a terrace with an incredible view and plenty of outdoor seating, free WiFi, a smoking area and the option to hire bikes for your time in Ella. Little Adam’s Peak is 2.5 km away, and this hostel is great for a younger travelling crowd! There are big lockers in the dormitory rooms, and previous guests have praised the cleanliness of the hostel as well as how helpful the staff are.
The Onestar Homestay has views that will take your breath away. Every room has its own bathroom and hot tub, and there is free WiFi and parking available. Little Adam’s Peak is around 1.5 miles away, and you can fill up on a classic Asian breakfast before you head out. Vegetarian options are available too! Previous guests praise the view, the helpful staff, delicious food and how peaceful this accommodation is. This seems to be a favourite with families visiting Ella!
EKHO Ella is the place to stay if you like to travel in style. It is slightly further away from Little Adam’s Peak, but offers incredible views and luxurious amenities. There is free WiFi and parking, a sun terrace and garden, and a restaurant/bar area too. EKHO even has a heated jacuzzi outside – almost entirely surrounded by lush green leaves, and with hat beautiful mountain view. There are sun loungers and comfortable outdoor seating, perfect for relaxing after a hike up the mountain. Previous guests praise the view, the food and the cleanliness of this hotel.
Little Adam’s Peak may be small, but the best things often come in small packages. It is a fun and easy climb, perfect for families and first-time hikers, with the most stunning views across Ella, Sri Lanka. If you are planning to visit the area, then the peak is an absolute must – and hopefully you now have a better idea of what’s involved.