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Ritigala Forest Monastery

Address: Ritigala Strict Natural Reserve, Habarana, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #2 of 8 Attractions in Habarana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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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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Gampaha, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Ritigala is an ancient Buddhist monastery and mountain in Sri Lanka. The ruins and rock inscriptions of the monastery date back to 1st century BCE. It is located 43 km away from the ancient monastic city of Anuradhapura. At 766 m above sea level, and 600 m above the surrounding plains, Ritigala is the highest mountain in northern Sri Lanka.... More 

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Breda, The Netherlands
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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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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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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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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

As others have said, Ritigala does have a bit of an Indiana Jones feel to it, although pretty much all that's left is the foundations of buildings and walk paths. I was the first one there in the morning (at 9am), so I had the whole place free to myself to walk around. A couple of groups came after me,... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Practical info: you can GET HERE from Habarana by bus, get off at Ritigala. You will see a sing pointing the direction to the ruins. According to tthe sign it's 9 km. Away. That's why there will be tuk tuk drivers waiting there. They want 1500 LKR (after Bargaining) two ways. The only thing is that They want you to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

It's a beautiful place and an easy climb. It's almost as if you're climbing through a jungle. Loved it.

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Hamilton, ON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Having been intrigued by pictures of this place we decided to make the trip out here to see the ruins. We took a bus bound for Anuradhapura and got off at the Ritigala Junction. From there we took a tuk-tuk. This felt like a rip-off as the driver ended up charging us 1300 rs. I could tell we were paying... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

While the climb was a bit gruelling in the heat, Ritigala was well worth it. We chanced upon a guide, which was a good thing, as he could tell us what each ruin was. The water tank and stairs are remarkably well-preserved. Be sure to wear good shoes and carry mosquito repellent.

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