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Matale Sri Lanka

Matale often written as Mathale, is the largest town of the Matale District of the Central Province, of Sri Lanka. It is 142 kilometres from Colombo and near Kandy.

The town of Matale is something of an urban sprawl, with very little to commend it to sightseers. It is what lies to the north and east—a fertile valley filled with plantations of spices, vanilla and rubber, and the magnificent Knuckles mountain range, with its incomparable views, that are definitely worth visiting.

Activities in Matale


Attractions in Matale


Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple

The Aluvihare Rock Temple is inextricably linked to the preservation of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, for it is here that its most sacred beliefs, known as the Dhamma, were codified and written down. What had been an oral tradition memorized and passed on down the generations by word of mouth was

Knuckles Mountains & Forest Range

For hikers and bikers, the Knuckles Mountain Range is tailor-made for adventure and discovery, a real walk (and ride) on the wild side of Sri Lanka’s fabled forests, wildlife sanctuaries and breathtaking scenery.

Sera Ella Falls

The beauty and tranquility of the Sera Ella waterfall and rock pool, set against the background of the Dumbara Jungle, is a must-see for anyone making the trip to Matale. Reputedly a favourite of artists and poets alike, the 30ft (10m) falls are at the confluence of the Puwakpitiya

Mini worlds End

One of the most spectacular—and most precarious—views in Sri Lanka can be found at Mini World’s End on the edge of Pitawala Pathana grasslands of the Knuckles Conservation Forest. Known locally and somewhat irreverently, not to say a tad insuciently, as ‘lovers’ leap’,

Spice gardens

Visit a spice garden in Matale to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. Just 25 km from the hill capital of Kandy, the Matale spice gardens are among the best on the island. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. A processing and training unit has been set up in the area and farmers are grouped in a cooperative to ensure fair prices and you will also be able to purchase spices. Gardens are open to visitors, a delightful place to stroll in fragrant greenery and learn about nutmeg, pepper vines, clove trees and curry, cinnamon and the precious cardamom, a relative of ginger

Sembuwaththa Lake

Sembuwaththa Lake is a charmingly picturesque although lesser-know attraction on a mountain plateau belonging to a local tea plantation, 14 kilometers from Matale town. Surrounded by tea fields, the lake provides amazing views of the rolling hill country,

Pitawala Pathana

The smooth, rolling grassland of the Pitawala Pathana in the Knuckles Conservation Forest includes one of the most spectacular viewing spots in Sri Lanka—the Mini World’s End. Known locally, and somewhat irreverently, as ‘lovers’ leap’, this eagle’s-view vantage point is perched high on a

Nalanda Gedige

Nalanda Gedige’s unique contribution to the history of Dambulla is its fusion of Buddhism and Hindu cultures and religious traditions. While some features are distinctly Hindu, particularly the mandapam, or hall of waiting,

Holiday Packages in Matale


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