Ritigala Sanctuary

Duration from Hotel : ~30 min

Distance from Hotel : 24 kms

Difficulty Level : 4

If you’re looking for an adventure that combines both physical activity and natural beauty, then hiking Ritigala is the perfect activity for you. Located about an hour’s drive away from Elephas Resort, the Ritigala mountain range is a sanctuary filled with lush greenery, ancient ruins, and stunning views.

Ritigala is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse yourself in Sri Lanka’s natural beauty. The mountain range is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including endemic species such as the Sri Lankan leopard and the purple-faced langur. The trail up to the mountain is steep and challenging, but the views and the sense of accomplishment you’ll feel at the top make it all worthwhile.

As you ascend the mountain, you’ll come across several ancient ruins that are over 2,000 years old. These ruins are evidence of the mountain’s rich history and are a testament to the ancient civilization that once inhabited this area. The most impressive of these ruins is the Ritigala Monastery, a sprawling complex of buildings and meditation chambers that are nestled amidst the dense forest.

The hike to the summit of Ritigala is a challenging one, but the sense of achievement you’ll feel when you reach the top is incredible. From the summit, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, including the nearby Kandalama Lake and the lush greenery of the Ritigala forest.

For those who are interested in experiencing the beauty of Ritigala but are not up for the physical challenge of hiking to the summit, there are shorter trails available that lead to some of the ancient ruins and offer beautiful views of the surrounding landscape.

If you’re planning to hike Ritigala, it’s important to come prepared. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring plenty of water and snacks. It’s also a good idea to hire a local guide who can show you the best routes and provide insight into the history and ecology of the mountain.

At Elephas Resort, we offer guided hikes to Ritigala for guests who want to experience the natural beauty and rich history of this stunning mountain range. Our experienced guides will lead you on a journey that will take you through dense forests, past ancient ruins, and up to the summit of the mountain. So why not add a bit of adventure to your Sri Lankan holiday and hike Ritigala with us?