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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW 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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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

This was a great walk up through rainforest to ancient Buddhist monastic ruins. The forest was lovely and we got to see plenty of wildlife. The walk up is reasonably strenuous but worth the effort. The ruins themselves are not extensive and there is a lot to see but they are very interesting in their own right.

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Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

On reading some of the reviews of Ritigala on TripAdvisor, I was expecting some kind of Indiana Jones-esque ancient ruin in the jungle. It's not. As we had already used half a day in a Sigiriya visit, my partner and I decided to take a trip to nearby Ritigala during our final day in the Habarana area. Our driver took... More

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Negombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

after sigiriya and polonnaruwa visit. on the way to anuradhapura, very nice place to visit. i prefer good to visit in the evening. but should better rent a jeep from Habarana. should not get a tuk tuk from the junction to the Ritigala. also near at the wildlife department office can rent a jeep. but there is few buggers around.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

This is very beautiful. There is a small parade of huts before entering the park. Do take time to have a drink called "orange" even though it is green. Really refreshing. The park is beautiful with a very old Buddha stature. Be respectful and cover your shoulders and legs from the knees up when entering the park.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Nice walk and interesting remains of old monastery . The road there is in very bad condition making it difficult for cars. Tuk tuk drivers offer trips to the site. They charge 1500 rupees. The driver we ad ave a very good tour for tge price and was very knowledgeable about the area.

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pyrenees orientales, france
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Well worth the walk up to the site. Our car couldn't drive the last 2km, so we walked, not after been warned to be very carefully, staying on the track and turning back immediately should we meet wild elephants. Well we did not them and arrived at the site which is completely forlorn in the jungle. I've never seen trees... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

Don't expect mayor ruins or heavily restored temples, but, as one guide book described it, it is a bit of an Indiana Jones experience. I loved the fact that we were the only visitors and the fact that it is a nice walk through a lush forest. The site itself is fairly small and one can cover it easily in... More

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