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Ritigala Forest Monastery, Habarana

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Witness the remnants of an ancient culture as you trek the winding forest paths at Ritigala Forest Monastery. Originally inhabited by local aboriginals called Yukas, the ruins of the monastery complex are linked by stone paths that lead through the old trees of the jungle. Look for the ancient man-made reservoir, most likely used for ritual bathing purposes: dating between 437 and 367 BCE, it represents an engineering marvel for its time. Hire a knowledgeable guide that can explain the significance of each of the monastery ruins. As you walk between sites, listen to the sounds of the jungle, and contemplate the transportation of heavy rocks necessary for the complex's construction. Work out when and for how long to visit Ritigala Forest Monastery and other Habarana attractions using our handy Habarana itinerary planner.
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  • Lovely forest walk, if you are lucky you can see monks in their traditional orange outfits. Very calming  more »
  • This is a special place---a group of ruins with a "jungle feel." It is off the beaten path and does not receive the volume of visitors other sites experience. The entry fee is much less than other cul...  more »
  • 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 elemen...  more »