Climb to the top

Climb to the top, Moon Plains, Sri Lanka

The drive to the top of moon plains is beautiful and adventurous. There is only only dirt lane to go up, hence only vehicles travelling same direction allowed at a time. Cost of a ride is 2000rupees, which will allow 8 passengers, this would equal to around $20AUD. The views are astonishing, panoramic all around, it almost feels like you are travelling in Jurassic Park and you will be bumping into dinosaurs any moment.

Towards the top you will get covered in fog. Fog tends to move pass quickly in and out covering the views. So you have only a small window of time to take great shots.

To protect the farming and rejuvenation of potatoes, this place is protected. Only the set number of vehicles goes up and down the lane. No outside vehicles are allowed into this area.

Drive to the moon plains, Sri Lanka
Driver introducing the views

The views are different through out, you will get some moody looking views, some with sun rays, and some with half covered by mist. You will be confused where to look when going up.

Views from the vehicle
At the summit

Drive will take approx 15- 20mins, then you will spend time on top as you wish, 20-30mins before you head back down.

View from the top
Managed to capture this dramatic shot from the summit

On our way back, there was one vehicle that was blocking the path due to a breakdown, we had to switch the vehicles as 4×4 was not allowed to go on the grass area to bypass the broken down vehicle. The vehicle was been fixed at site.

This was a memorable experience and I recommend anyone that travels to Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka to visit this place.

experience 4×4

Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada)

Adam’s peak (Sri Pada), Sri Lanka

This was taken from distance using 100-400mm lens Lumix G9, you maybe able to notice the temple on the top peak of the mountain, you might have to look closely.

I have climbed this peak only once, during the season large crowds climbs this mountain. When you start climbing around 6pm it will take till sunrise to get to the top due to the crowed, but once you get to the top, the views are breath taking. There is a sacred temple with Load Buddha’s footprint, which is covered and protected by the temple, where every Buddhist go to pay the respect and pray. It is in Buddhism know fact that Load Buddha has visited the top of this mountain 2500 years ago.

More information – Wikipedia extract – ‘Adam’s Peak is a 2,243 m (7,359 ft) tall conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka. It is well known for the Sri Pada, i.e., “sacred footprint”, a 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) rock formation near the summit, which in Buddhist tradition is held to be the footprint of the Load Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva and in Islamic and Christian tradition that of Adam, or that of St. Thomas.’

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wider view, Adam’s peak (Sri Pada)