We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Beautiful place in the middle of the jungle

This place is a very nice contrast to other touristic places like Polonnaruwa or Anuradhapura... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2018
Andy L
via mobile
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
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Read all 10 reviews
All photos (58)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good30%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“stone”(2 reviews)
“site”(4 reviews)
Madahapola Road,off Colombo -Dambulla road, Melsiripura 60540, Sri Lanka
Reviews (10)
Filter reviews
8 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews haven of peace stone site jungle pathway archaeology monastery department walls tourists atmosphere meditation nature
Updating list...
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

This place is a very nice contrast to other touristic places like Polonnaruwa or Anuradhapura. There are almost no tourists at all so you will be able to really catch the atmosphere of such ancient places. It's not that easy to get there, we came...More

Thank Andy L
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
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
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

Thank Langkapura
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

Thank salemtolkein
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
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

Thank beckynmax
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
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
17 September 2015|
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