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Ritigala Forest Monastery

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Address: Ritigala Strict Natural Reserve, Habarana, Sri Lanka
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A nice place to visit if you have nothing better to do !

Although not as impressive as Sigirya, Ritigala is worth a visit ! This place used to be a Monastery where some monks, originally educated in Anuradhapura, established to help... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Brussels, Wisconsin
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Brussels, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Although not as impressive as Sigirya, Ritigala is worth a visit ! This place used to be a Monastery where some monks, originally educated in Anuradhapura, established to help local people. Unfortunately, there is absolutely nothing to be found in English and this is a pretty remote area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

There is no entrence ticket, you just have to donate something, tuk - tuks from ritigala junction, which you can reach by bus are expensive - 1000LKRs for just 9km. The climbing takes 1-2hours, the forest is really nice and the paths are well kept.

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Richmond, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We went by tuk tuk to Ritigala from Haberana with a great guy called Minda (probably spelt wrongly). Minda was an expert bird spotter and took us on a side trip to a lake where we saw an alligator, frogs, and eagles. We didn't bother with a guide at Ritigala, Minda came with us and pointed out various things of... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

great place to visit, not a lot of tourists, you can hear and maybe see the monkeys and you see lots of abes. Remember to bring something to drink. The walk takes around 2 hours.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Great place to visit. Not many do it but it is worth the effort. You can now drive up to the site - apparently this was not possible before. You have to sign in (name ,passport details etc) for the site and a donation is requested. There are a lot of steps up to the top but there are lots... More 

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Hawalli, Kuwait
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We went here with a local guide, who, if you ignore the requests for doubling his fee due to a 'sick child', is a good guy. Our children (6 & 4) were fascinated by the stories of cobra houses, elephant attacks and special medicine trees. They were playing 'Tomb Raider', looking for clues to find the lost treasure (magic medicine)... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Ritigala consist an ancient Buddhist monastery and mountain in Sri Lanka. Amazing geography so unusual located in the dry zone. Still no proper directions to reach up to the mouton. At the peak that weather almost similar to central hill country. But still open up to the monastery and archaeological sight. some times need to use a hard drive car... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

highly recommended if you are interested in Sri Lankan flora and fauna, early Buddhism or a pleasant but steamy 2-hour hike

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Ljubljana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I was expecting more of this place as I have read all the previous reviews. The place is in the middle of the forrest indeed, but there is really not much to see and the landscape is not breathtaking either. There are mostly conserved floor plans with some original stones... and lots of mosquitoes. You can see much more lush... More 

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 via mobile

Very beautiful place not to overcrowded with people yet ,beautiful ruins and the forest ,hope the forest track from the main road will be preserved as it is and cutting of trees on the acses road will be stopped

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