Ritigala Nature Reserve Tour
Ritigala Nature Reserve Tour

Ritigala Nature Reserve Tour

Simply Ritigala is a nature reserve having much significant values and it boasts of archaeological and ecological uniqueness.

Simply Ritigala is a nature reserve having much significant values and it boasts of archaeological and ecological uniqueness. It is an also a very popular destination for unbelievable climate patterns. It was declared a Strict Nature Reserve in 1941 as it is home to a rare ecosystem rich in plants with rare fauna species.

Ritigala is a mountain in central Sri Lanka which is home to an ancient Buddhist monastery. The ruins and rock inscriptions of the monastery date back to 1st century BCE. It is located 43 km (27 mi) away from the ancient monastic city of Anuradhapura. Ritigala mountain consists of four peaks which rise steeply from the surrounding plain. The mountain is 6.5 km in length, and divided into northern and southern blocks by Maha-Degala. The highest peak is Ritigala Kanda in the southern block. Its elevation is higher than the other main tourist attractions of the north central plains, namely Sigiriya, Dambulla, and Mihintale. The significance of this topographical feature lies in the abrupt sheerness of the massif, its wooded slopes, and the wet microclimate at the summit.

Ritigala mountain is located near Kekirawa in Anuradhapura District North Central Province between Habarana and Maradankadawala of Sri Lanka having an area of 3,776 acres. Ritigala has significances from archaeological, historical, cultural, botanical and zoological (Natural environment) aspects. Ritigala mountain is one of the 501 Protected Areas (PA) under direct supervision of Department of Forest & Department of Wildlife Conservations of Sri Lanka due to very abnormal and high biodiversity of the said area.

 

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