Many thousands devotees make the arduous climb up the peak during the season that spans December to May to worship the imprint of Lord Buddha’s foot, which he reportedly left on the peak on a visit to the island during his lifetime, 2500 years ago. Muslims and Christians on the other hand believe the footprint was left by Adam, hence the name, Adam’s Peak .
The climb up to the peak begins at night; groups of pilgrim’s climb together in the cold, singing prayers as they toil up the steps. At dawn the spectacle of the mountains shadow across the western plains makes the climb worthwhile. Full moon days attract more devotees than usual.