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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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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 o...  more »
  • 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