Getting there & away
Reaching the base of Adam’s Peak is quite simple, and if you’re making a night ascent you’ve got all day to arrive. Buses run to Dalhousie from Kandy (from the Goods Shed bus station), Nuwara Eliya and Colombo in the pilgrimage season. Otherwise, you need first to get to Hatton or to Maskeliya (which is about 20km along the Hatton–Dalhousie road).
Throughout the year there are service to Hatton from Colombo, Kandy (three hours) or Nuwara Eliya. There are also some direct buses from Nuwara Eliya and Colombo to Maskeliya, which enables you to avoid stopping in Hatton, if you wish.
There are buses from Hatton to Dalhousie via Maskeliya every 30 minutes in the pilgrimage season (CTB/private bus Rs 28/40, two hours). Otherwise, you have to take a bus from Hatton to Maskeliya (Rs 12, last departure about 7pm), then another to Dalhousie (Rs 12, last departure about 8.30pm). There are usually hotel touts on, in, above and beside the bus when it terminates at Dalhousie.
The Podi Menike and Udarata Menike trains from Colombo arrive in Hatton at 11.30am and 2.15pm, respectively. These trains continue to Nanu Oya (for Nuwara Eliya), as do the local trains that leave Hatton at 7.35am and 4.20pm. In the other direction (to Colombo) the Podi Menike passes through Haputale and Nanu Oya and reaches Hatton at 2.13pm; the Udarata Menike leaves Hatton at 10.55am. Mail train 46 leaves at 10.52pm.
A taxi from Hatton to Dalhousie should cost Rs 600 to 700.