Hidden away on a jungle-covered hillside some 25km north of Kurunegala, the ruined forest hermitage of Arankele is one of the Cultural Triangle’s least-visited but most intriguing sites. Arankele is 6th century monastery which was initially a meditation centre for Bhikkus. Located in the Kurunegala district, this monastery is a forest hermitage surrounded by natural habitat, mountains, hundreds of buildings including hot water bathing houses, ponds, caves and more.
Meeting & Starting Point
Airport or Any Hotels in Colombo
you will be visit
Hot water baths
Transportation by air conditioned vehicle
English Speaking chauffeur guide·
Water Bottles & All government taxes
Arankele Day Trip Itinerary
You will be picked up from your hotel in Colombo or Bandaranaike Airport and proceed to Arankele Monastery Sri Lanka. There exists some naturally formed rock caves which were used by monks for mediation, however there are signs that it has been worked on through the existence use of plaster on the walls. Long sheltered pathways or Cankamanaghara exits that take visitors to these rock caves, and also to other sites likes ponds and meditation points.
Jantaghara – a building right at the entrance comprising of hot water baths, saunas and medicinal baths
Grinding stones – used to prepare herbal medicines
Sanitary utilities- comprising of the triade-urinals, toilets and wash rooms
For those who love history and culture, Arankele is ideal for learning about how architecture, mediation and way of life would have been like in ancient Sri Lanka.