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Lovely way to spend an hour or two

We enjoyed this place so much more than polonnaruwa - so much more relaxed, calm and much less... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2018
Manchester, United Kingdom
Off the beaten track but worth the detour

We drove for some twenty minutes on what could have been the quietest road in Sri Lanka and the... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2018
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 10 August 2018

We enjoyed this place so much more than polonnaruwa - so much more relaxed, calm and much less busy. With it being in a forest, it is nice and shady too so much more comfortable walking around. Highly recommend exploring this place!

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Reviewed 1 August 2018

We drove for some twenty minutes on what could have been the quietest road in Sri Lanka and the road itself became more and more narrow. We had not seen another vehicle in ages and I was at the point of wondering "where the hell...More

1  Thank MadameBubbles13
Reviewed 21 July 2018

We visited Ritigala in the afternoon. We were able to purchase the tickets, but we felt that we were tired and so decided to spend some time at the entrance and go back. Whilst we were driving back, we saw a huge elephant standing in...More

Thank Sri V
Reviewed 11 July 2018

Actual history of Ritigala leads into 5000 years or more which is linked into King Rawana. Since the inscriptions were purposely not read before 2500 years by our archeologist at that time. It is our history been hidden under the soil some reason.

1  Thank Dhilip d
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

One of a best archeological site in the country with lesser people if you go there only we can see old historical pride of Srilanka with amazing architecture values & old dynasty mix with Great Buddhism.

2  Thank silva d
Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

Visited Ritigala today and was very impressed. It is the remains of an old forest monastry. They are no Buddha statues, merely remnants of pillars and basement but well worth a visit. It is a pretty steep hike with most of the pathway laid with...More

3  Thank SafferB
Reviewed 15 May 2018

Our family of five had a tour of Ritigala. This was not as exhausting as Sigiriya. A pleasant, easy walk with informative guide. The children enjoyed learning about the legend of Ritigala and the guardian spirits of the mountain.

1  Thank QldKell
Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

Off the beaten track but worth a visit. Wonderful local guide who was a wealth of information. Great viewing point from the library.

Thank LauraFearnley89
Reviewed 3 March 2018

A little off the normal tourist track, and not that easy to get to. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here, it wouldn't have been quite as good without the excellent guide we had. He was very enthusiastic and told us all about the monks and...More

3  Thank The-Hills-onthe-hill
Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

Very easy walk. Cool as its in the rainforest. Tuk tuk is easy to get to from Habarana. Dont need guide. Cost us 310 rupees to get in and took photo of map. Was getting around for about 2 hours. Not too many tourists.

1  Thank Rhoda D
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Prasad B
9 August 2018|
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Response from Dhilip d | Reviewed this property |
Monastery is in a different location to the archaeological site. Even at the Monastery i recommend to travel back before 4.30pm hence it is dangerous due to wild elephants. This is applicable to both places.
19 June 2018|
Response from Seevali D | Reviewed this property |
The road from Habarana to the turn-off to Ritigala is 11 km along the main A11 road. From the turn-off too you will travel about 4 km on a tarred road. The last kilometre after a further turnoff is reasonably well... More
Thilak M
10 November 2017|
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Response from Sajith W | Reviewed this property |
I too agree with you but if you do it then you will completely damage the current environment. Also the local community will be effected. Better not ruin the place with thousands of people and let the environment be as it is