Matale is a major town and administrative capital of the Matale District of the Central Province, of Sri Lanka.

Matale is a major town and administrative capital of the Matale District of the Central Province, of Sri Lanka. It is situated 142 km (88 mi) from Colombo and 26 km (16 mi) from Kandy. Surrounding the Matale town is the Knuckles Mountain Range. Matale is mainly an agricultural area, where tea, rubber, vegetable and spice cultivation dominate.

The historic Matale Aluvihara Temple, on the north side of the town, was the location where the Pali Canon was first written down in full in text on ola (palm) leaves in 29 BC.

It is known for the major battle in 1848, when the Matale Rebellion started and the British garrison in Fort Macdowall in Matale was placed under siege by the rebels led by Weera Puran Appu and Gongale Goda Banda who are considered national heroes in Sri Lanka.

Tourists Attractions in Matale

  • Spice Gardens

Sri Lanka is famous for its spices and spice gardens. These spice gardens offers tourists memorable visits to various spice plantations in Sri Lanka. Spice Gardens in Matale give interesting insights into spice production in Sri Lanka. The importance of spices in the minor export crops of Sri Lanka consist of Fragrant clove, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, mace and pepper that thrive in the hills for which Sri Lanka has been famed since ancient times.

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.

  • Trekking

Sri Lanka's diversity of terrain affords opportunities for trekking and hiking, especially in the Central Highlands. Trekking and hiking through the paddy fields, tea plantations, spice gardens, waterfalls, streams, dense forests, hills and mountains of the tropical island of Sri Lanka brings about unique experiences. Still more, the north central plains of Sri Lanka afford the trekkers and hikers the chances to visit the cultural sites located off the beaten tracks. The hamlets in the wilderness, wooded hills, rolling plains and irrigation reservoirs of the North western province too offer ample opportunities for trekking and hiking.

There are two main areas of access to the Knuckles mountain range. The access point from the northern flank to Knuckles Mountain Range is Riverston and in the south eastern flank are Deanston and Meemure. The most followed trails of the largely untouched and rugged terrain are Pitawala pathena trail, Ash cave trail and nitro cave.

Matale on map

Sri Lanka Tourism Activities around Matale