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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Ritigala Forest Monastery by using our Habarana trip planning site .
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  • October 2, 2017
    My heading says it all.. Its been a while where i have gone to a complete isolated place in Sri Lanka. This is a must visit if you travel to Sigiriya and it you are a nature lover, you'll find no bett...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    Makes you wonder how they did it The tour begins at a small parking area and one very ancient toilet. On the climb you reach a huge man made water reservoir part of which has been reconstructed and ma...  more »
  • September 19, 2017
    little tourist activity where one goes up stone steps and sees old trees huge and sublime
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