Ritigala Uththupitiya Archaeological Site

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Prabath Indika Mahagedara
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Ritigala Uththupitiya Archaeological Site is located within the Ritigala Strict Nature Reserve in No. 56, Uttupitiya Garama Niladari Division, Tirappane Divisional Secretariat of Anuradhapura District.

From Anuradhapura to Ganewalpola via Maradankadawala, travel 51 kilometres and after travelling 5 kilometres on the Galenbindunuwewa road on the left, you can reach this place by travelling 3 kilometres from Uttupitiya village to the Ritigala reserve.

This place can be considered one of the more important archaeological sites among the archaeological monuments hidden in the Ritigala Strict Nature Reserve. This monastic complex is located in an area where elephants, tigers and bears roam in the dense forest.

In the Ritigala Uththupitiya Archaeological Site, there are two stupa mounds and five buildings in ruins. Most of these ruins have been destroyed by treasure hunters. There are about 10 caves with drip ledges and almost every one of these caves has a ledge inscription. In addition to this, there are parts of walls and steps. In this monastic complex, there is a rock inscription on the top of the rock above one of the caves. In addition, there is an embankment that crosses a stream flowing from the bottom of this monastic complex. This would have been for obtaining water for the needs of the priests in the monastery.

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Driving Directions to Ritigala Uththupitiya Archaeological Site

From Habarana to Ritigala Uththupitiya Archaeological Site
Via : Palugaswewa
Total Distance : 20 KM
Time to Travel : About 30 minutes + time spent walking in Ritigala Forest
Time to Spend : About 60 – 120 minutes   Driving 
Directions :  See on Google map

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