Matale, Sri Lanka
Matale, renowned as the second most significant municipal and urban hub in Central Province after Kandy, holds a prime position amidst the central hills of the island, nestled in a vast and fertile valley. To the east, the striking Knuckles Mountain Range forms a picturesque backdrop.
This city is encircled by expansive plantations, gaining acclaim for its exceptional spice gardens. For centuries, Sri Lanka has been celebrated for its spice exports, which have a long history of usage in medicine, cosmetics, and culinary arts. Historical records reveal that the Greeks, Arabs, and Malays were deeply involved in the Sri Lankan spice trade.
A short journey from Matale will lead you to Nalanda Gedige, an enigmatic ancient stone temple. Originally located at the geographical heart of Sri Lanka, this site, rediscovered in 1893, showcases a unique fusion of Hindu and Buddhist architectural elements and is believed to have been built between the 8th and 10th centuries.
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