‘Holy Footprint’ [Sri Pada] – Mountain.

From Skt/Pal: śrī, ‘holy, sacred’ and Skt/Pal: pada/pāda, ‘foot, footprint’. 

This iconically conic mountain rises 2,243 m (7,359 ft) above the forests of the central highlands near Ratnapura. Near the summit is a 1.8 m rock formation which looks remarkably like a footprint.  For the Sinhalese it belongs to the Buddha; for Hindus it is Shiva’s; for Christians it is St. Thomas’s; and for both Christians and Muslims it is Adam’s.

For related place names see Sri Lanka Place names.


The Peak of Adam’s Peak  Felix Krohn