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Ritigala Forest Monastery

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Address: Ritigala Strict Natural Reserve, Habarana, Sri Lanka
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Must visit if you are visiting Sigiriya

I've read some people have mentioned that this place only has unimpressive ruins, few stones and just a few square blocks with no significance etc. Obviously if you do not do your... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've read some people have mentioned that this place only has unimpressive ruins, few stones and just a few square blocks with no significance etc. Obviously if you do not do your research about this place you will think like that. The most amazing thing about Ritigala is how they have used rock to build this whole monastery where around... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A new road makes access easier than it was a few years ago now a 15 minute tuk tuk ride from the main road. Entry is free, guide essential. With guide we rambled through the forest visiting the King's bathing pool, one of the monk's caves, a 3rd century BC toilet and a 1,000 year old tree amongst the ruins.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed climbing through the jungle to access Ritigala site - very beautiful and hardly anyone else.

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Thank 07Cazenove
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited Ritigala in few times. Ritigala is a mountain range ( consists of seven mountains) situated in dry zone of SriLanka. There is an archeology site situated at the base of the mountain. Ritigala was an ancient Buddhist hermitage. You can visit number of ruins well preserved by archeology department. This is the main tourist attraction of Ritigala.... More 

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Thank nir0sh
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place just resonates peace and tranquility. The walk is picturesque and when you reach the top there is a beautiful little steam to cool your feet off in. Which is ideal because it is pretty hot and humid. One little warning, beware of the little leeches, wear insect repellant...

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Ratmalana, null, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely walk into the jungle. Great photo opportunities. Be careful it might rain.... History and Nature intertwined.....

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Thank Gavin S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The kids loved the rock stone steps leading to a water fall. Amazing place to see and imagine how all the rocks were moved and placed leading to a temple all those years ago.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

When I was in Cinnamon Lodge - Habarana just took a quick decision to visit this place. It is close by and the road is in average condition. Going through a small forest is a good experience. The officers of archaeological department office was so helpful. There may be various guides offering you help but all ruins are named and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

My advice for all foreigners come and visit free of cost. What a fantastic place to visit. If you staying habarana use tuk tuk options 1800 -2000 rupees for journey. From sigiriya 2200-2500 ruppes. No entrance tickets fee but you can put some donation for environment cleaning. Take enough water with you and used good shoe if possible .

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

There are many steps to climb and as it is a historical place the steps and the pathway are hundreds or even over thousand years old! We visited it on a rainy day and because of the tree canopy it wasn't too bad but I suggest avoiding a wet day as the path at certain places was slippery.

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