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Best Ancient Buddhist Monasteries Of Sri Lanka

Arankele

Arankele

Fascinating 6th c AD forest monastery in a thick forest mountain. Calm and quiet, Arankele was the abode to a most famed Buddhist monk Arahat Maliyadeva who, along with other monastic monks lived nearly 2,000 years ago. The sylvan environment of this monastery will relax and refresh you completely and is also home to archeological findings. Stretching out on many acres of a forest canopy, there are stone carved caves used for meditation, long pathways across the dense forest.

Situlpawwe

Situlpawwe

The monastery, identified as one of the significant Buddhist sites in Sri Lanka, is built in the 2nd c BC and lies in the midst of Yala National Park. In ancient times, this rock temple said to have been occupied by a total of 12,000 Arhants; enlightened Buddhist monks. Inside the monastery there are a number archeological ruins ,including rock caves, Stupas , chapter houses, Image Houses, Bodhi Trees and ponds and The caves' inside have been built to make it suitable for the monks to live.

Ritigala

Ritigala

One of the less visited but most legendary ancient sites of Sri Lanka. The Ritigala , nestles deep inside the Ritigala Strict Nature Reserve, is a partially excavated ruins of anextensive BuddhistMonastery. It was abandoned following invasions in 10th and 11th centuries and today holds special appeal with its curious blend of nano-safari and archaeology. Walking around the beautiful ruins does certainly give you a feeling of adventures in search of mythical pasts; it is easy to imagine yourself as Indiana Jones whilst clambering over the overgrown relics of a forgotten time.

Kudumbigala

Kudumbigala

An ancient monastery, dates back to 3rd c BC, had been re-discovered in recent past. The monasteryis a very beautiful place with extraordinary tranquility and peacefulsurrounding as it has been built in a land of boulders that provides caves, which had been converted into isolated facilities for meditation.Kudumbigala is one of the most interior monasteries, where Theravadhi Buddhist monks are even today occupying under very basic facilities.

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