Adam’s Peak is one of Sri Lanka’s most sacred natural landmarks, and it is believed that the depression near the summit of the mountain is from that of Buddha himself. But because of Sri Lanka’s layered ethnic landscape, this sacred mountain has also been claimed by the Muslims who see the depression as the footprint of Adam; the Hindus claim it was made by Shiva; and the Portuguese colonialists said it belonged to St. Thomas, the founder of Christianity in India. Today, Adam’s Peak is recognized internationally and by the Sinhalese majority as a place of Buddhist worship. If you’re up for a challenge, the 4.5-mile-long hike doesn’t sound taxing, but the ascent works out to be just over 5500 steps at a sharp incline. Don’t forget to do your stretches and pack loads of water.