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Matale, Sri Lanka

Central Province, 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.

One of Matale’s most prominent landmarks is the Sri Muthumariamman Kovil Temple, a revered Hindu sanctuary dedicated to Mariamman, the deity of rain and fertility. Dating back to the 19th century, this temple serves as a spiritual haven for both Hindu and Buddhist devotees.
The Aluvihare Rock Cave Temple, another gem in Matale’s crown, is where the oral teachings of Buddhism (Tripitaka) were first transcribed onto palm leaves in the Pali language. This monastery, dating back to the third century BC during King Devanampiyatissa’s reign, offers a captivating blend of caves, religious paintings, and stupas.

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.

Discover the top attractions in Matale, a city steeped in history and culture.

Must-see attractions for your itinerary

Nearby Matale attractions

Sri Muthumariamman Temple

Religious Sites


Mountains | Nature & Wildlife Areas

Bambarakiri Ella Falls


Sembuwaththa Lake

Bodies of Water

Nalanda Gedige

Religious Sites

Sera Ella falls


Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple

Caverns & Caves | Religious Sites

Pitawala Pathana

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Hunnasgiriya Water Fall


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