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Arankelle Ancient Monastery

Madahapola Road,off Colombo -Dambulla road, Melsiripura 60540, Sri Lanka
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Haven of Peace and Silence

A group of 18 of us travelling with “Flamingo Lanka Travels” visited the ruins of Arankele... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2017
Seevali D
If you are interested in archaeology and spirituality this is the place

First and foremost, this is not primarily a tourist destination. Tourists are welcome and... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2015
suranga d w
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Madahapola Road,off Colombo -Dambulla road, Melsiripura 60540, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

A group of 18 of us travelling with “Flamingo Lanka Travels” visited the ruins of Arankele Monastery, the austere abode of a sect of recluse monks who dwelt here in ancient times. Our guide from the Department of Archaeology, Sunil, led us through the scattered...More

1  Thank Seevali D
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

First and foremost, this is not primarily a tourist destination. Tourists are welcome and encouraged to visit this unique site, however it is also important to note it is also a sanctuary for monks and now also a bio hotspot. This an old monastery for...More

3  Thank suranga d w
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Reviewed 21 October 2015

Arankele is one of the famous old monastery’s you can find in Sri Lanka. Hidden away in the jungle you feel like Indiana Jones exploring old temples. Arankele has some really nice ruins, like the hospital, meditation halls and the big hot water pond in...More

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Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

Great place to see providing you have the interest in ancient monuments so for me it was excellent. Although like all tourist destinations in Sri Lanka you will get pestered as you arrive and leave. If you want to buy set yourself a price and...More

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Reviewed 17 March 2015 via mobile

Arankele has become an archaeological site, a biological hotspot and a garden of medicinal plants subject to the changing character of nature. Walking through the path at the end of the day one can catch a glimpse of the yellow robe of a Bhikkhu on...More

1  Thank janakapradeep
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

A smaller and easier to reach that Ritigala to the north, Arankele is a lovely site in the process of restoration. The wooded paths are nice to stroll along as you view bathing ponds, double foundations for former buildings that seem unique to this site....More

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Reviewed 27 January 2014

Arankele Forest Monastery is a haven of peace and quietude. The site was of an ancient forest monastery. Today it is a celebrated archaeological site containing the ruins of the ancient forest monastery. The stone pillars prove the skills of architectures who worked on this...More

2  Thank Dhanu W
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Response from suranga d w |
Yes their are monks living in the vicinity. However, these monks are different from most other temples you find in Sri Lanka as it is a hermitage. They will only allow visitors during a few hours of the day. Rest of the day... More
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