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“Ancient temples, stairways leading into the jungle, amazing place!”

Arankelle Ancient Monastery
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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 Sri Lanka.

The ruins date back more the 1400 years and they say that the last know Arhat monk, Maliyadeva stayed here with more than 12.000 other monks. Which us amazed us is how they made the stones fit perfectly in the structures.

There are some structures where the purpose is unclear of, like the double platforms with a small bridge between it. Really strange and unique to this place.

Thank Langkapura
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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 then walk away. I got some bargains.

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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 his way to the pond or retreating to his meditation grounds after a walk. The sight takes you 800 years back, when Arhant Maliyadeva, the last Arhant of Sri Lanka, spent his time meditating at Arankele

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. Very atmospheric and calming.

Thank beckynmax
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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 site.

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