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Ritigala is one of the island’s lesser-known monasteries. But one of its most mysterious. The...

Ritigala, North-Central Plains

Ritigala is one of the island’s lesser-known monasteries. But one of its most mysterious. The host takes you through the jungle-clad path leading to the main site, recounting the tales of forest-dwelling Buddhist monks who sought enlightenment here.

 

The steps carved into rock start off this experience. There’s an overgrowth of jungle on all sides, and as you climb the steps, it slowly sinks in just how ancient Ritigala is. The forest monastery is vast! 700 acres in total, of habitat providing sanctuary to scores of creatures and plant life, some only found here. The sun streams in through the jungle, and we’re overwhelmed as our host speaks of the influence of Lord Hanuman in how this unique landscape came to be. The stature and simplicity of this place touch you as you walk through. Once a place where a thriving monastic community lived, the peace resultant of their search for enlightenment is apparent here. Their wants subdued, they fed their simple needs in the environs of this forest monastery and pursued the highest.

 

This experience will leave you forever changed. You’ll notice this as you indulge in a bit of rest and relaxation in the evening, after heading back to your hotel.

 

Includes : Host, refreshments.
Times : Starts at 0830 hours & ends at 1000 hours (Approx. 1.5 hours)
Children : Suitable for over 8+ years.
To wear/bring : Shoes for walking, camera.

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Sri Lanka is a tropical island. Therefore, breathable cotton clothing would be ideal. White is considered a clean, pure colour especially when visiting religious sites. Ideally a pair of sturdy sneakers for treks would do whilst a pair of comfy flip flops would do for excursions and sandals would be perfect for the beach or for a casual walk.
Get permission from the proper people before visiting a sacred place. This might be a caretaker, holy person, elder, or the governing agency affiliated with the site. Be aware that even after attaining permission from a governing agency you may be offending indigenous people who may not have jurisdiction over their own sacred sites.
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