Ritigala is an ancient Buddhist monastery and mountain in Sri Lanka is located around the ancient monastic city of Anuradhapura. It is managed by the Department of Wildlife of Sri Lanka together with the Forest Department of Sri Lanka. The ruins of Ritigala monastery are located on the eastern side of the mountain at the foot of the gorge.
The monastery precinct begins at the office of the on-site branch of Department of Archeology of Sri Lanka close to the foot of the reservoir named Banda Pokuna. The ancient man-made reservoir is a feat of engineering. The reservoir possibly served a ritual bathing purpose, with visitors bathing there before entering the monastery in ancient times. The ruins of this monastery is well visited by locals & foreign visitors alike. It is a perfect place to have some peace and quietness within the archeological site and heritage of the Ritigala reserve.