Little Adam’s Peak Hike in Ella Sri Lanka – Guide 2024

Top of Little Adam's Peak

Want to enjoy some of the best 360-degree panoramic views in Ella, Sri Lanka? The Little Adam’s Peak hike offers you phenomenal mountain views, tea plantation surroundings, and the perfect spot for a sunrise or sunset after an easy and short trail.

This guide covers everything you need to know for your hike to Little Adam’s Peak.

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Where is Little Adam’s Peak located?

Little Adam’s Peak is situated near Ella Town in the Badulla District of Sri Lanka.

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Best Time to Hike Little Adam’s Peak

Aerial View: Little Adam's Peak Street
Scenic Little Adam's Peak

Sri Lanka has two distinct monsoon seasons: the southwest and the northeast monsoon, affecting different regions of the country.

The best time to hike up Little Adam’s Peak in Ella is during the dry season in Southwest Sri Lanka, from December to March. Pleasant weather can also be found during the shoulder seasons in April to May and October to November, with fewer crowds.

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Sunrise Vs. Sunset at Little Adam’s Peak

Sunrise at Little Adam's Peak
Fog-Kissed Little Adam's Peak

Little Adam’s Peak is an excellent spot to witness both sunrise and sunset, offering stunning views and magical moments.

We always prefer going for sunrise, as the experience is usually more peaceful and less popular than going for sunset. Doing this hike during sunset will give you a different but also beautiful experience. Make sure to start your descent on time before it gets too dark.

How to Get to Little Adam’s Peak?

Path to Little Adam's Peak
Trek to Little Adam's Peak

First of all, base yourself in Ella Town, which you can reach by the famous scenic train ride from Kandy. The train journey is known for its breathtaking views of tea plantations and mountains.

You can reach the starting point of the Little Adam’s Peak trail by walking, depending on your location in Ella, or by tuk-tuk. The entrance to the trail is near Ella Flower Garden Resort, with an alternative entrance near 98 Acres Resort & Spa marked by a white Buddha.

Little Adam’s Peak Hike Details

  • Parking fee: There is a small fee for parking your vehicle.
  • Entrance fee: There is no entrance fee.
  • Duration of the hike: The hike to the top of Little Adam’s Peak from the main road takes 30-45 minutes, depending on your pace.
  • Trail difficulty: The trail is considered easy, and suitable for hikers of various fitness levels.
  • Hike elevation: It is around 100-150m.
  • Path: The path is well-marked, mostly paved, and includes some stairs.
  • Hiking to the top: The trail takes you through picturesque views. Enjoy the tea plantation, stunning landscapes, and many viewpoints along the way.
  • Refreshments: There are some small stands with drinks and snacks at the top.
  • Extension: Consider extending the hike to the Nine Arch Bridge.

Little Adam’s Peak Viewpoint

Aerial View Little Adam's Peak

Once you reach the top, enjoy the viewpoints at 1141m above sea level and take in the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of Ella’s surrounding mountains.

There are many different viewpoints, however, for the best views, you should keep hiking along the ridge. We had the final viewpoint all to ourselves.

Niki at Little Adam's Peak
Little Adam's Peak View

Best Tours for Little Adam’s Peak

If you prefer, you can hire a local guide in Ella who can provide insights during the hike. You can visit Little Adam’s Peak and the famous Nine Arch Bridge on a half-day tour. Or even include Ella Rock on a full-day tour. This way, you can tick off more attractions in one day, and everything is organized.

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What to Bring for the Little Adam’s Peak Hike?

We recommend bringing essentials like water, snacks, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes with good grip.

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Where to go after Little Adam’s Peak?

Aerial View Nine Arches Bridge

After visiting Little Adam’s Peak, we recommend exploring more of the best things to do in Ella, such as the Nine Arch Bridge and Diyaluma Falls.


Green Hills of Adam's Peak

Little Adam’s Peak is 100% worth the short hike, especially for enjoying fantastic views during sunset or sunrise. Let us know if you have any questions.

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