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Ritigala Forest Monastery

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Address: Ritigala Strict Natural Reserve, Habarana 50150, Sri Lanka
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Me and my girlfriend did this beautiful walk solo without a guide, it was one of the most breathtaking treks I did my whole time in Sri Lanka. Lush jungle, not too tiring but with... read more

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Me and my girlfriend did this beautiful walk solo without a guide, it was one of the most breathtaking treks I did my whole time in Sri Lanka. Lush jungle, not too tiring but with some exciting elements. Easy and very memorable.

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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ritigala is the site of the ruins of a Buddhist sect of which not a great deal is known except that they lived a strict meditative lifestyle. One can imagine how it must have looked hidden on the side of a remote mountain and dream of what life must have been like then.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Carrying a history of thousands of years.... some sources said that goes back to the era of great king RAWANA who mentioned in Ramayana.... Once a monastery and once a natural fortress.....

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lush and green. Almost magical. Not much to see apart from the old ruins of the monastery. However it's a different kind of experience. Pay this place a visit if you are around the area.

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Victoria, B.C.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

pretty nice place to stroll through the forest. not a ton see but peaceful and scenic and not too many people.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lot of work has gone into restoring the pavement that leads op to the various parts of the monastery. There is little information available on site. Take a rough guide to get some idea of what is going on, or hire a guide - but make sure he knows what he is talking about. Our tuk tuk driver was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Definitely recommend a trip to the beautiful and peaceful Ritigala. Although we chose not to hire a guide in most places we visited, a guide is helpful at Ritigala to make the most out of your visit. Lots of wildlife to see. A bit of a hike to see all the ruins but the walk is under the cover of... More 

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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

Bit tied to hike but it was so good to did that hiking. once you climb up to the mountain you can see whole area which was amazing. On the way to the top of the mountain we saw some old monetary ruins. I heard that it was a old castle. Great adventure to do if you hanging around dambulla.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

It is told that Budda during his visiting Sri Lanka visited that place I mean Ritigala Monastery. This is beautifull place full of positive energy, calm and green. You can walk and find the ruins of old monastery . really nice place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

It have been a good idea to climb ritigala mountain. We started at 7.30 in the morning it's took about two hours to go and back.some ruins was in the middle. Nice experience

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