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Matale Tourism

The rugged mountains, fertile grasslands, blue-hued skies and the golden sun all complement each other, adding to its beauty. The city offers sights that delight every tourists’ eyes. Spice gardens, tea plantations, Knuckles mountain range, Sembuwaththa lake, Sera Ella Falls, Hunnasgiriya Falls, Bambarakiri Ella Falls amongst others, are God’s marvel in Matale.

Lion rock, Aluvihare rock temple, Sri Muthu Mariamman Thevasthanam, the famous Christ church speak volumes of its past. The old town which evoked a feeling of the British has now been renovated to include an innate Sri Lankan sense with memories of the past. The people of Matale are overly welcoming, their food is divine, and every restaurant here serves home-style meals. Despite being a tourist site, their simple living is what makes Matale a home away from home, that too in another country.

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History of Matale

The British had a stronghold over all coastal regions surrounding Kandy since 1815. Kandy remained an independent kingdom. However, due to the negligence of the then King of Kandy, it was taken over by the British. Matale rebellion of 1848 saw the emergence of a great leader, Veera Puran Appu, who sacrificed his life for his people and Sri Lanka was liberated 100 years later.

Trip to the Spice Gardens in Matale

Sri Lanka is a land of Spices. They add a hint of spice to everything, curries, short eats, sambols, and sweets, even Christmas cake and tea sometimes. The spice fields are splendid for a tour, and they also have spices packed, ready for sale - Euphoria spice and herbal gardens, National spice garden, Matale Spice centre.

Nature Walk in Matale

Matale has beautiful valleys, plains, grasslands and waterfalls all connected by narrow lands and streams. The whole city has a calm and breathtaking vibe. An early morning walk in the chilly dewy weather makes for an excellent way to spend your holidays - Pitawala Pathana – a hilly boardwalk, Riverstone Gap – walk amidst tea plantations, Ambokka Mountain – trek on small hills. The Sera Ella falls the absolute best place for a swim.

Food in Matale

Matale is a combination of the old and new and its restaurants stand true to that fact. The rustic ambience, good music and sumptuous Sri Lankan, continental and Asian food are the reason why people flock to Matale. Anura food centre, three brothers, fast food and restaurant, food corner, Licensed to grill are some food joints in Matale.

Shopping in Matale

Matale has shopping centres and stores – CMI shopping centre, Matale stores that have local produce such a wide range of spices, varieties of tea, handicrafts, jewellery of stones, pearls and corals, dried seafood and so on.

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What is the best time to visit Matale?

March, April and May are the warmest times of the year while June, July and September are a pleasant, windy climate. There are immense things to do in Matale, such as sights to visits, treks to go on, shopping and food. So there is no particular time as such to be there. However November – February the climate is slightly on the cooler side with chances of rain. Diwali and Buddha Purnima are two unique festivals in Matale and have a warm festive vibe to its celebrations.
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What are the things to do in Matale?

The top things to do in Matale are Knuckles Mountain Range, Muthumariamman Temple, Aluvihare Rock Temple, Matale, Sembuwatta Lake, Nalanda Gedige, Pitawala Pathana. You can see all the places to visit in Matale here

What are the places near Matale?

The top places near to Matale are Kandy which is 19 km from Matale, Anuradhapura which is located 96 km from Matale, Nuwara eliya which is located 60 km from Matale, Sigiriya which is located 56 km from Matale, Galle which is located 163 km from Matale

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