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Ritigala Forest Monastery

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Address: Ritigala Strict Natural Reserve, Habarana 50150, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: 94777065438
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Beautiful, serene, ancient site

Our driver had no knowledge of Ritigala, so when a local rice farmer flagged our car down at the crossroads near the mountain and offered his services as a guide, we said yes. He... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
almendra8b
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our driver had no knowledge of Ritigala, so when a local rice farmer flagged our car down at the crossroads near the mountain and offered his services as a guide, we said yes. He turned out to be the most brilliant guide - full of facts and information about the ruins and beautiful, unusual trees, and able to describe in... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited this place few years ago. The place has many values such has, The religious value as a Buddhist monastery The archaeological value which goes beyond the era of Anuradhapura kingdom The bio diversity If you are interested about the above mentioned area this would be a great place to visit. Anyway please do not disturb to it's... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Certainly off the beaten track. Takes a while to get there due to small and narrow roads. You feel a little like Indiana Jones when climbing up through the stairs in the middle of the jungle. Not many other tourists there.

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Thank pkdenmark
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Appreciated the calm of the surroundings and the almost total absence of other visitors. Very accessible and an easy climb. Budget around 1.5 to 2 hours for the visit. Entrance is free for locals and foreigners alike. It was nice not to be hassled by guides offering their services; but it would have been very helpful to have had some... More 

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Thank Hilmy_Sally
Scotland, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great experience wandering along the old pavement through the ruined temples in the jungle - when we visited there was not another soul there bar the monkeys.

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Thank NSLKerr
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Free entrance but no offer of a map or guide which was totally unexpected. We would have been happy to have someone show us around and explain a few things. Especially as we were told to turn around at 17 which comes along way to quickly if you don't take a few side tracks. Check with registry office when you... More 

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Thank Kristy L
Wadduwa, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

calm relax ,historical place ,not far from habarana junction, for a half a day tour worth,donation box, be ware when you put your donation ,as i feel the people are there are cheating for the donation, when guest going to put the donation for the box they come and try to help, may the money doesn't go to the box

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Thank travelnowsrilanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Ritigala is an ancient Buddhist monastery and mountain in Sri Lanka. The ruins and rock inscriptions of the monastery date back to 1st century BCE. Ritigala mountain range consists of four peaks of which the main and the highest peak at the south of the range is named Ritigala Kanda. Ritigala mountain range, a 3776-acre (1582 ha) Strict Nature Reserve,... More 

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wadduwa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

this a fantastic place,i have been many time there in the rainy season you can see small water fall also,calm relax place , the ruins are belongs to 3rd century bc,as its monastery old days ,even yuu go now, you still feel the same atmospherics situation

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Lakewood, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

We visited this place during the afternoon so it was a bit hot, but it's mostly shady. The paths are charming and the ruins pretty cool. They aren't super super impressive but it is a good walk through the forest, although our tuk tuk driver went with us, his English was not good so a proper guide would be better... More 

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