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Ritigala Forest Monastery

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Address: Ritigala Strict Natural Reserve, Habarana, Sri Lanka
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fascinating ruins; horrible access road

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2015
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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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Paris, France
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Address: Address: Ritigala Strict Natural Reserve, Habarana, Sri Lanka
Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  North Central Province  >  Habarana

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