Adam’s Peak

Sri Lanka

Standing 7,360 feet tall, Adam’s Peak—known also as Sri Pada and Samanalakande, or Butterfly Mountain—is one of Sri Lanka’s tallest mountains.1 2 The mountain’s primary claim to fame is a large footprint-shaped depression at its summit. Various legends attribute the depression to Adam, the apostle Thomas, Buddha, or the Hindu god Shiva.3

The stamp pictured here was issued by Sri Lanka while under British rule. At that time, the island was called Ceylon.

3-cent Ceylonese postage stamp picturing Adam's Peak on Sri Lanka
Adam’s Peak



  1. “Adam’s Peak.” Merriam-Webster’s Geographical Dictionary. 3rd ed. Springfield, Massachusetts: Merriam-Webster Inc., 1997.
  2. Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada). Lonely Planet. 17 Feb. 2009. Accessed 31 Dec. 2011.
  3. Pilgrimage to Sri Pada. Sri Pada or Adam’s Peak: Lanka’s Holy Mountain. Accessed 31 Dec. 2011.
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