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“Very pleasant morning trip”

Ritigala Forest Monastery
Ranked #3 of 18 things to do in Habarana
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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.

Thank Liznis
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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 of this size and age - it's simply amazing. Even the tiny rests of the monastery are impressive. A visit absolutely to do if you are near!

Thank clouds07
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

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 1 hour.
Despite what some guide books say, entrance is free.
The only negative thing is that, should you have a driver, he will likely refuse to drive the last 1.5km of dirt road. The only tuktuk driver around demands Rs 1300, which is far too much. You can even walk there really.
Recommended

Thank stephan j
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

Definitely go in the morning as later in the day the peace and tranquility is ruined by noisy groups of locals. As others have mentioned, the road to the entrance is bumpy and probably even inaccessible by most means of transportation after heavy rains. We went by tuk tuk (1000 rupees from Habarana) and it was fine. There's a bit of a scam happening with the "entrance fee". Our tuk tuk driver said it was free, Lonely Planet said it cost USD $10 but upon arrival the guy behind the desk said it was a "donation" of 500 rupees p.p. We asked him for an official price list and receipt. He couldn't provide either, so he let us in for free. By the way, there is a "donation box" before the entrance to the path. As far as I'm concerned, a donation is supposed to be voluntary. Anyway, the path is for the most part clear and easy to walk and follow. You should count on a couple of hours roundtrip. We saw shy bear monkeys and enjoyed the ruins as they do give a sense of mystery.

Thank travelglobe
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

Set deep in the forest, a very peaceful place. We went early morning arriving 8.30 and were the first visitors of the day. We got a real sense of the peace and tranquility of the place helped by our excellent driver and guide. Even with the rough guide, we felt it was very helpful to have a guide to lead us around. A truly magical place

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