Arankelle Ancient Monastery

Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Melsiripura - opiniones y fotos

Arankelle Ancient Monastery
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Ruinas antiguas • Museos de historia
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Godagala-Arankele-Bannekgama Rd, Melsiripura 60540 Sri Lanka

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Naty.travel👸🏼
Moscú, Rusia68.785 aportes
Arankelle Ancient Monastery
feb. de 2020 • Pareja
На сегодняшний момент вы можете увидеть раскопки некогда роскошного монастыря. Кроме раскопок, здесь большая территория для прогулок.
Escrita el 18 de enero de 2021
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Albia-Newton
Weston super Mare, UK3.703 aportes
Fantastic ancient monastery
feb. de 2020 • Pareja
Beautiful ancient monastery in the jungle. Built by Buddhist monks between the 4th and 8th Centuries

Lovely to explore

Get the site guardian to give you a tour if you can. He is very knowledgeable
Escrita el 2 de febrero de 2020
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Sudesh
Matara, Sri Lanka1.287 aportes
Hidden jem
oct. de 2019 • Amigos
This is a forest monastery now in ruins, an ideal place  for architecture and archaeology enthusiasts.
People believe that last Sri Lankan Arahath Maliyadewa thero was living here.
Small hike is there. No need to pay for entering. 2 to 3 hours is enough
Escrita el 5 de noviembre de 2019
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Richard H
Bath, UK1.116 aportes
Calm and peaceful
abr. de 2019 • Pareja
Lovely calm and peaceful place. It would have been interesting to have seen the monastery in its prime, before the Portuguese. There's still a sens of what it might have been like.
Escrita el 7 de abril de 2019
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Andy L
5 aportes
Beautiful place in the middle of the jungle
ago. de 2018 • Amigos
This place is a very nice contrast to other touristic places like Polonnaruwa or Anuradhapura. There are almost no tourists at all so you will be able to really catch the atmosphere of such ancient places. It's not that easy to get there, we came from Colombo, took a bus to Kuruneegala and another one towards Madagalla. Not remember where to get down but the locals will help you. From that bus station, you can just take a tuk tuk which is about 200 rupees to Arankele. Might take some time but it's definitely worth it!
Escrita el 4 de septiembre de 2018
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Seevali D
Colombo, Sri Lanka8.424 aportes
Haven of Peace and Silence
dic. de 2017 • Amigos
A group of 18 of us travelling with “Flamingo Lanka Travels” visited the ruins of Arankele Monastery, the austere abode of a sect of recluse monks who dwelt here in ancient times. Our guide from the Department of Archaeology, Sunil, led us through the scattered ruins of this haven of peace and silence.
Whilst writing this, I vividly remember the two km long pathway, protected with dressed stone kerbstones, used by meditating monks. Ancient trees and creepers overhang these pathways providing shade and kept us comfortable allowing only a little sunlight to filter through. We also enjoyed the songs of a wide variety of constantly chirping birds. These pathways used by the monks for their meditation slope gently punctuated with small flights of steps, made of dressed stone, to accommodate the natural terrain. Along the pathway is a beautifully built circular round-about probably to allow walking monks to rest.
Ruins of a hospital complex (Jantagara) for monks lies at the entrance. Ruins of the many columns indicate that it had been roofed. A grinding stone used to grind various herbs lies on a side. The central sunken area had been large herbal bath. You can imagine sick monks being treated here by the ayurvedic doctors of ancient times.
Scattered in the area had been many apartments (Patanagara) presumably used for meditation and other rituals including receiving devotees and educating them in Buddhist way of living. These are twin double-platform buildings, linked with a stone bridge built on a rock outcrop. The raised platforms are held by retaining walls of large dressed stone and are surrounded by troughs of water, believed to keep the interior free.
We visited two large ponds made of dressed stone used by bathing monks. There had also been a roofed chamber with a promenade for walking meditation. At this walking path for meditation site is a toilet used by monks.
At the end of the walk through the site you come to a little cave, plastered inside, with three rooms said to be used by a venerated priest called Maliyadeva as his dwelling and meditation chamber.
None of the buildings are decorated. There is no stupa, no image house with a Buddha statues nor a bo-tree signifying the simplicity and the philosophy of the monks who dwelt here. It is said that the robes worn by these monks were made from rags and clothes found at the graves.
There is no entrance fee charged. However, one has to observe the decorum when entering a place of worship or veneration.
We felt calm, tranquil and peaceful at the end of the walk through a friendly environmental area having gone through the historic past for a few hours.
Escrita el 30 de diciembre de 2017
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vinie6681
Annecy, Francia128 aportes
Superbe site, très dépaysant, propice à la méditation
nov. de 2015 • Pareja
Superbe site, difficile d'accès en bus car routes très étroites. Monastère toujours en activité, les jeunes Bonz étant en méditation nous ne les avons pas vu, cependant nous en avons tout de même croisé quelques un. L'arrière du monastère mène aux ruines d'un ancien monastère qui devait être gigantesque, pour découvrir ses ruines nous passons dans des sous bois très bien entretenu avec des arbres très anciens. Cette forêt a quelque chose de magique il y règne un calme et une quiétude impressionnante.
Escrita el 16 de diciembre de 2015
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Suranga d W
Colombo, Sri Lanka52 aportes
If you are interested in archaeology and spirituality this is the place
ago. de 2015 • Familia
First and foremost, this is not primarily a tourist destination. Tourists are welcome and encouraged to visit this unique site, however it is also important to note it is also a sanctuary for monks and now also a bio hotspot.
This an old monastery for monks in deep meditation. You will find many unique structures here meant as places of meditation. Also, old but proper sanitization infrastructure is visible (perhaps 800+ years old).
List of main attractions:
1. An ancient medicine factory and dispensary.
2. Twin structures with water surrounding them (multiples of those are seen).
3. Old sanitization infrastructures (basicly ancient WCs)
4. Elevated pathway cutting across a thick jungle and boulders (really puts one in a meditative state).

Do not rush this. These are not grand and big structures. The experience here is more than old buildings, it is the jungle and the calmness. Take your time and enjoy the experience. There is a archaeology department officer present at the site, who might give you a better account of the sites significance.
Escrita el 26 de octubre de 2015
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Langkapura
Winterswijk574 aportes
Ancient temples, stairways leading into the jungle, amazing place!
sep. de 2015 • Pareja
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.
Escrita el 21 de octubre de 2015
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salemtolkein
Hampshire, England22 aportes
Very interesting
sep. de 2014 • Pareja
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.
Escrita el 16 de agosto de 2015
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