Distance from Anuradhapura – 53.6 km (1 hour 31 minutes)
Ritigala Monastery is an ancient Buddhist monastery which is situated atop the Ritigala Mountain in North Central Sri Lanka. The monastery has ruins and rock inscriptions which date back as far as the 1st century BC. The Ritigala Mountain is known to be the highest mountain peak in the northern territory. Ritigala is also a strict natural reserve and is home to five plant communities. Legend also has it that Lord Hanuman dropped a chunk off a mountain of the Himalayan range he was carrying all the way from India. This could be a reason for the medicinal plants and healing herbs which are found at the summit of the mountain.
Getting to Ritigala Monastery
From Anuradhapura travel along the Galkulama – Yakalla Road passing Galkulama up to Ritigala to reach the Ritigala Monastery situated in North Central Sri Lanka.