Sri Pada, also known as Adam's Peak or Adam's Mount, is a 2,243 metre (7,360 feet) tall, conical, mountain located in central Sri Lanka.
The mountain itself, is located in the southern reaches of the Central Highlands, in the Ratnapura district of the Sabaragamuwa Province - lying about 20 km northeast of the city of Ratnapura. The surrounding region is largely comprised of forested hills, with no mountain of comparable size nearby.
Both Ratnapura, and Ratnagiri (a historic term used to refer to the mountain), are derived from the Sinhala words rathna, meaning gem, and pura, meaning city - due to vast gem mines located in the region.
Access to the mountain is generally provided by a bus that travels between Siripada and the nearby town of Maskeliya, to the northeast. The summit of the mountain, however, may only be reached on foot. At the summit may be found a rough impression in the rock shaped like a footprint (about 1.8 metres long). It is from this footprint that its present name is derived