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Ritigala Forest Monastery

Ritigala is a one-of-a-kind archaeological and ecological reserve.

It was designated a Strict Nature Reserve in 1941 because it contains a distinctive ecology rich in medicinal plants and rare fauna species. This mountain range has four peaks, the tallest of which is 766 meters above sea level.

The location with the 70 rock caves used to be a Buddhist monastic complex for hermit monks. The monastery’s remains and rock inscriptions date back to the first century BC.

The ruins cover an area of around 120 acres. In the rainforest backdrop, the long stone-lined meditational pathway with steps, old stone bathing ponds, courtyards, and other architectural relics provide tranquility.

Additional information

Nearby Attractions

The most popular nearby attraction

  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress Rock Fortress (35km)


Accommodation (within 10km)

  • Star Classified hotels- No
  • International Chain Hotels- No
  • Boutique Hotels- No
  • Resorts- No
  • Ayurvedic Hotels- Yes
  • Inns/Guest Houses- Yes
  • Hostels- No
  • Homestays- Yes
  • Eco Hotels- Yes

* You might still find preferred accommodation in nearby cities.


Distance from (estimate)

  • CMB Airport- 162km (travel time: 4hrs 20min)
  • Colombo City- 194km (travel time: 4hrs 55min)
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress- 35km (travel time: 45min)
  • Anuradhapura Ancient City- 49km (travel time: 1hrs)
  • Polonnaruwa Ancient City- 63km (travel time: 1hrs 30min)
  • Kandy City- 106km (travel time: 3hrs 20min)
  • Galle Dutch Fort- 291km (travel time: 6hrs)

* The time and distance are only given to give you an idea. There are stopovers between the two locations. The cities listed above are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.

Best Time


  • April to November

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