Ritigala is home to a maze of ancient ruins, broken stone and hidden caves that were left to nature’s own when they were abandoned after the 10th and 11th centuries.
It has long been a spiritual home for the monks and is claimed to be the spot where the monkey god, Hanuman jumped to India to inform Rama he knew where the king of Lanka was holding Sita. Walk up through the jungle and nature opens up to carvings, monasteries and an extraordinary number of caves.
There is one main cave that overlooks the arid flatlands below and perched at a height of 766m – it’s sure to provide endless majestic views over the Ritigala Nature Reserve. Over 70 caves in total have now been discovered after the initial re-finding of Ritigala in the 19th century.
Visitors can now roam through what was once a place of refuge back in the 4th century BC and see where King Sena made his endowments of pamsukilka (rag robes) to the monks back in the 9th century. These magical ruins are definitely worth the uphill climb through the dense surrounding nature reserve.
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