Ritigala mountains range
Ritigala mountains range is near the cities of Anuradhapura and Habarana, Sri Lanka. Ritigala is one of the three strict nature reserves in Sri Lanka and is five sq. km inland.
Ritigala range begins abruptly 2000 feet from the neighbouring region, about 500 feet above sea level. There are several peaks in the field, and the most significant rise is the Ritigala. Kodigala or the Flag Rock is the most eminent point in this mountain range and height 2514 feet. It is additionally the highest hill between the Central Hills of Sri Lanka. The bottom part of the mountain range is the Dry Mixed Evergreen Forest prototype. The central part of the range is Tropical Montane Forest nature and the highest terrain of Upper Montane Forest character. The mountain tops attract higher rainfall than the surrounding areas, and amidst dry weather at lower plains, the peaks get cladded with clouds and mist, lowering the temperature at the points.
Historically, this has been Arittha Pabbatha, translated as 'Dreadful Rock' or 'Safety Rock' or even 'Riti trees' expanding upon it. About the 3rd Century BC, Arietta, the Chief Minister of King Devanampiyatissa, later appointed as the First Sri Lankan Monk and became an Arahat, contributed his monastic life at Ritigala.