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Ritigala Forest Monastery

Ritigala Strict Natural Reserve, Habarana, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #3 of 8 Attractions in Habarana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Cape Town
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This has been one of our top experiences. It's a 45 min tuk tuk ride from Habarana and is a peaceful, natural place for meditation, exploration and quiet contemplation. Walking up a series of magnificently constructed walkways you encounter various architectural wonders which have been mysteriously constructed amid the forest. The trees themselves leave you in little doubt as to... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Me and my girlfriend went there on our motorbike. It was personally one of my best visits in 4 weeks in Sri Lanka. Unlike ancient ruins like Polonnawura where there’s a lot to see but also so many tourists and you feel like in a museum, this place lets you explore as you are ALL BY YOURSELF. All we saw... More

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N yorks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Great jungle ruins, quiet with few visitors adding to the experience as monkeys scream in the tree tops, and lizards scuttle across the ruins. A bit too dry to feel really Indiana Jones, children had been hoping for king Louis from the jungle book! But they still described it as awesome. Entrance was donations, no guide pushed on us so... More

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Ritigala is one of the greatest forest monasteries I have visited in Sri lanka. The wonderful constructions using solid granite stones , ponds, ruins of building foundations stairways made of solid granite are mesmerizing. Presently we have difficulty in shaping up a single granite stone to turn out a stepping stone but just imagine how our ancestors have shaped up... More

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Paris, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Ritigala is a nice site, quite different from Polonawura and Adurnarhupa. The site is in the jungle, with a few temple ruins to visit, and deserves a trip if you're around. However, the site should should be free, but the people of archeological department asked us to pay 10$/person to come in (of course without any receipt...). Our guide even... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Went to Pidurangala rock and Ritigala ruins by tuc tuc from Habarana, was a nice trip. The forest was nice, some big impressive trees making for nice photos, not many or really amazing ruins, there is no official entrance fee, leave a donation at your own discretion. Nice walk, worth the hour or so stop if you go to Lion... More

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Gampaha, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Between Habarana junction and Maradankadawala Junction On Anuradapura - Polonnaruwa road you get Ritigala forest monastery. According to my personal belief that is the best place to learn and practice spirituality. Very calm and quite place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Teaching staff of our school arranged a field trip to ritigala.Actually it was worthy to be there to experience the nature of an undisturbed forest. Students had a nice time.they got solved their questions and doubtful matters. Though it' s somewhat weary Things that students gained are priceless. The project officer of forest dpmt did a good job in coordinating... More

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Tampere, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The ruins are not particularly breat taking, but it was enjoyable walk through the jungle. I also foun the ruins intriguing even though they were not very massive or spectacular. There were only a couple of tourists so itwas possible to explore the ruins in peace and silence and spot lizards and monkeys. Felt a little like Indiana Jones :).... More

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This was a lovely - if somewhat demanding - climb through the jungle to see ancient monastic ruins. Very enjoyable however, with knowledgable guide.

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