Ritigala Forest Monastery, Anuradhapura

4.5
#5 of 17 in Historic Sites in Anuradhapura
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 Anuradhapura trip planning site .
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  • Visited Ritigala ancient monastery and a site of a hospital where evidence of well maintained ayurvedic type, herbal treatment Centre was available. We can be a proud nation with the evidence availabl...  more »
  • The place and its history will have you thinking all day long The great architecture and construction they used back in the day can never ever be matched to this day!! Must visit.  more »
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