A stroll through Arankelle Forest Monastery

Arankele is a wonderfully secret place, you are likely to be the only visitor to it all week. It houses the ruins of an ancient 6th century monastery, once inhabited by a sect of reclusive monks. In addition to the various artefacts and ruins, there is also a 1,800m long path, winding its way around the mountain and enjoying some incredible views. This, along with the stunning ancient woodland and resident troop of the endemic toque macaques, makes it a magical place to stop for a wander en route from Colombo to the Cultural Triangle, and makes for a magical picnic setting.

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