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Ritigala Forest Monastery

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Address: Ritigala Strict Natural Reserve, Habarana 50150, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 77 706 5438
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Nice walk

Ritigala is a little out of the way, but worth going to if you have the time. If you like nature and value a little exercise, I would recommend spending a few hours here! Unlike... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
jordandis
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ritigala is a little out of the way, but worth going to if you have the time. If you like nature and value a little exercise, I would recommend spending a few hours here! Unlike other attractions here in Sri Lanka, Ritigala has a small entry fee ( i think around 300 rupees).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great trail of history surrounded by ancient amazing technology. So amazing how these payments, hospital,library, ponds were created more than 2000 years back. Amazing and must see place.

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Marbella, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Ritigala is 766 m (2513 feet) above sea level, and 600 m above the surrounding plains which makes it the highest mountain in Northern Sri Lanka. Although some say the name “Ritigala” is derived from the ancient name “Arittha Pabbata” or “dreadful mountain” as mentioned in the Mahavamsa, the guide from the archaeological society who took us on a guided... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

While this makes for a superb hike, there isn't clear signage or directions inside the reserve so it can be a little tricky getting around.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Very nice hike through the ruins of a Buddhist monastery. Lost in the jungle. Very few (if any) tourists. Most of the walk is in the shade.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Came at 5pm and was told it was shut by 4:30pm. Was told to come back next day. Came at 4pm next day and saw the same group of men who mans the ticketing counter driving away. Was told there was no visitors so they decided to leave early and call it a day. They say we can try and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

It’s a mountain to climb through a forest. Recommend to take a guide for the tour to get the information about the historical value and route to be gone.

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Wadduwa, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Now all the clients have to buy an entrance tickets for ritigala it 2us$,we got the first two tickets

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Ely, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Our guide took us here and despite having climbed lion rock the 2,600 metre ascent was okay if you took a rest. This isn't a tourist trap and really is in the jungle. So bring water, wear long trousers if you don't like bugs and take loads of pics. Amazing place

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Enjoy the nature in a trekking among archaeological ruins. Good to do once you have finished the usual route.

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