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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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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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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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