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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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Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 31 October 2018

We enjoyed our visit here, even in the rain! You are free to walk up and around the forest site at your leisure. We had a guide book with a reasonable amount of information about the site, without this we would have been lost as...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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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!

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank sophieh99
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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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

Date of experience: July 2018
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.

Date of experience: May 2018
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.

Date of experience: June 2018
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

Date of experience: May 2018
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.

Date of experience: April 2018
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.

Date of experience: March 2018
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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

Date of experience: February 2018
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Prasad B
9 August 2018|
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Response from Sri V | Reviewed this property |
It is best to visit between 9 AM to 4:30 PM as this mountain is surrounded by animals such as Elephants. I guess the closing time would be around 5 pm.
19 June 2018|
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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