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Ritigala Forest Monastery

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Address: Ritigala Strict Natural Reserve, Habarana, Sri Lanka
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Great place to visit. Not many do it but it is worth the effort. You can now drive up to the site - apparently this was not possible before. You have to sign in (name ,passport... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Great place to visit. Not many do it but it is worth the effort. You can now drive up to the site - apparently this was not possible before. You have to sign in (name ,passport details etc) for the site and a donation is requested. There are a lot of steps up to the top but there are lots... More 

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Hawalli, Kuwait
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We went here with a local guide, who, if you ignore the requests for doubling his fee due to a 'sick child', is a good guy. Our children (6 & 4) were fascinated by the stories of cobra houses, elephant attacks and special medicine trees. They were playing 'Tomb Raider', looking for clues to find the lost treasure (magic medicine)... More 

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

Ritigala consist an ancient Buddhist monastery and mountain in Sri Lanka. Amazing geography so unusual located in the dry zone. Still no proper directions to reach up to the mouton. At the peak that weather almost similar to central hill country. But still open up to the monastery and archaeological sight. some times need to use a hard drive car... More 

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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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Address: Ritigala Strict Natural Reserve, Habarana, Sri Lanka
Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  North Central Province  >  Habarana

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