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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  • During my stay in this area, my driver told us he hadn’t taken any one to Ritigala in 5 years (!) I wasn’t sure what to expect however I found the place devoid of tourists (which was great). The ruins...  more »
  • A super nice forest with great monuments. Our guide told us a lot. It was some level high but easily doable and nature is super nice. In 45 minutes we were through and breathing fresh air.
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  • It is a beautiful place, ideal for a morning walk. It is a very easy walk, no climbing or steep steps to climb like many other places in Sri Lanka. The nature around you is amazing, so many shades of ...  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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