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Address: Ritigala Strict Natural Reserve, Habarana, Sri Lanka
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nice envirment

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Ljubljana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

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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37 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
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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Paris, France
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Great place, nature and ruins are incredible, you can easily spent half a day exploring the ruins in the jungle ! (... in theory, you do not have to exit the patch. In theory...) Transport to this place is complicated, you can get closer but bus, but you will have to take a tuktuk for the last km.

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uk
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88 reviews 88 reviews
26 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Difficult to get to - We arrived with our driver at the faded and unused 'visitor centre' where we had to transfer to a tuk-tuk as the track was too muddy for vehicles. We came here as it sounded interesting in the lonely planet description but it wasn't that great. The part you can access (the rest is a protected... More 

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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327 reviews 327 reviews
142 attraction reviews
227 helpful votes 227 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We arranged to visit here with our tour guide, so was driven in a jeep there. We visited on a Sunday and there was no one else there. It is govt run and a donation is asked for, we gave 500 each, which was incredibly good value for money. We spent around 2 hours wandering about, at a nice steady... More 

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cape town, south africa
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We arrived after the monks had their meal and was offered food, but we declined. Loads of village people were coming in to enjoy a free meal. We walked up the 200 steps or I walked up the path which ran next to the steps. At the top in this forest setting was a peacful stupa area. You can just... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Must visit. Lovely countryside. You have to see visit as to see the true nature of Sri Lanka. It is very important if you a Buddhist too.

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Breda, The Netherlands
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

It took us a 20 minute tuktuk drive from the mainroad for 1500 rupees. The sandy road was not accessable for regular cars because of rain in recent past. After arival at the entrence, you can climb all the way to the old library. The climb is avarage but not easy at some parts. It is a very nice and... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Amazing atmospheric temple complex, buried into some truly deep jungle, get a local Tuk Tuk driver to take you there.

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belgium
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

You'll have to conquer a bit of bad road to get there. Our visit however was quite nice. It's a short track, climbing smoothly and it's a nice place in general. According to our travel book, in the past you could climb to the top and there was an entrance fee, but this is old information as you are not... More 

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