There are a total of about 1840 granite steps up there.
Many pilgrims visit Mihintale hill because this is the place where Buddhism first arrived in Sri Lanka. It was said that Venerable Mahinda, son of King Asoka first landed here from India (it was said that he flew there). That time, the Sri Lanka King was hunting at the hill here. The King subsequently embraced Buddhism.
I took the opportunity to start my climb barefoot, like a lot of the pilgrims that I see. It was hot in the afternoon but strangely, my feet did not feel burnt by the hot granite steps. The place has a very strong vibe about it- I spent a long time in Mihintale- slowly going around the places at the top till the driver was beginning to wonder if anything had happened to me.