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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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  • We wanted peace. This is the right place. nice walk under the trees, simple but beautiful ruins. Very few people, it's still out of the way, you have to walk about two hours return. Magnificent and gigantic trees.
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  • It is indeed a nice walk (uphill), not very far from Habarana (20 km by tuk - tuk). Admission is $ 2 / adult and half for children less than 12 years old. There are beautiful plants, beautiful trees, stairs and sometimes ruins (without explanation). If you want to learn a little more about the history of the site, guides are present at the start of the path. Very few people...
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  • A must see place. Unbelievable work by mankind. Full of trees with medicinal value unique to its monastery. Yow will not get tired due to walk through. Hiring a local guide (Approx for Rs 1,000) is ad...  more »

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Staying in Habarana and going on day-trips to nearby towns and attractions has gained popularity, due to the development of numerous accommodation options, mostly upscale and mid-range. Relatively high-end, the lodgings in Habarana do include some budget-friendly choices, but you'll probably need to book ahead. Resorts, offering lodges and bungalow style rooms that boast verdant, tropical settings, are scattered all around the village and its surroundings.
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