City of Matale (Central Province)

The city of Matale is included to the province Central Province and to the district

Matale covers 9 km². It has 36,462 inhabitants (2,012 census) with a density of 4,051 inhabitants per km²
The average altitude is 364 m. The current mayor of Matale is Mr. Mohamed Hilmy.

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Getting to know Matale

Located 142 kilometers from Colombo, Matale is the administrative capital of the Matale District n Sri Lanka. It is situated in the Central Province and is the largest city in the Matale District. Knuckles Mountain Range form a protective circle around the town. Matale is mainly an agricultural region. It is known for producing tea, spices, vegetables, and rubber. The Aluvihara Temple is situated in northern Matale. It is where the Pali Canon was originally written on palm leaves in 29 BCE. The local currency is the Sri Lankan Rupee. Matale has a tropical climate with a dry and wet season. Matale is on the Sri Lanka Time Zone (UTC+05:30). The 2001 census indicates that the district of Matale has a total population of 441,328 people. The population is composed of Sinhalese, Sri Lankan Moors, native Sri Lankan tamils, and Indian tamils. Matale is a splendid town in central Sri Lanka.

Points of interests / things to see

Nalanda Gedige

Nalanda Gedige is situated only a few hundred kilometers from the Dambulla-kandy A highway. It is a religious site located in the center of Matale. Nalanda Gedige is a wonderful gem of a temple. It is a perfect place to stop and relax and catch your breath while making your way to Dambulla. The temple was relocated roughly thirty-five years ago from its original location due to the construction of a nearby reservoir. The Nalanda Gedige is a small temple and the site of a stone Buddha. The archetecural style is reminiscent of a Buddhist and Hindu temple and it is located on the shores of a lake. A bucolic atmosphere prevails at this wonderfully small temple and it is not overcrowded with visitors. It is quiet and accessed by a shaded alleyway. Be sure to check out the Nalanda Gedige the next time you are in Matale. It is small, yet very unique Buddhist temple worth visiting. There is no entrance fee to the Nalanda Gedige. And it is easy to get to while traveling along the Dambulla-kandy A highway.


The Aluvihara is a monastery carved into a series of caves. It is picturesquely situated amongst rocks that have fallen from a mountain valley above. Legend states that a giant habited the region and used three rocks as a foundation for his cooking pot. Aluvihara means 'ash monastery' and the name is in reference to the many ashes that were produced from the meals that the giant prepared. The first cave is home to a ten meter Buddha who is in a reclining position. Lotus pattern murals decorate the cave ceiling.Another cave is decorated to represent the various realms of hell, a not so pleasaent warning for all those who deviate from the righteous and enlightened path. There is also a flight of stairs leading to the summit of the rock bluff. Once reaching the top you can behold breathtaking, panoramic views of the valleys in the region. The Aluvihara is a traditional Buddhist gem in all of Sri Lanka. You should definitely pay this unique cave monastery a visit whenever you are near Matale. The Aluvihara is located three kilometers north of Matale. You can hire a three-wheeler to Aluvihara. It will cost roughly Rs 10. Workshop donations are Rs 200. Opening hours are from 7:00 to 18:00.

Matale Heritage Centre

The Matale Heritage Centre is roughly two kilometers north of Matale. It is a laid-back arts and crafts centre inspired by the unique traditions of the surrounding region. Here you can find top quality brasswork, carpentry, embroidery, batik, and other arts and crafts. Situated in a local forest, the Matale Heritage Centre is an active compound that is also home to bungalows and hosts a series of workshops to help carry on the rich traditions that it currently supports. There is a also an eatery located on the premises. It is called Aluvihara Kitchen and it serves a number of hot meals for visitors. Be advised that you must book by phone prior to your visit. Meals usually cost Rs 1000 per person. An array of rices and curries are served. The Matale Heritage Centre is an absolutely splendid cultural centre that should not be missed when you are in or around Matale. Be sure to stop by and behold its wonders. The Matale Heritage Centre is located on 33 Sir Richard Aluvihara Mawatha. You can hire a three-wheeler from Matale in order to get to the centre. It costs roughly Rs 3000 for a round-trip. Telephone: +94 66 222 2404. There is no admission fee. Opening hours are from 9:00 to 16:00 from Monday to Saturday.

Sri Muthumariamman Temple

The Sri Muthumariamman Temple is a most beautiful and interesting Hindu Temple. It is located between the rivers Cauvery and Kollidam. Legend has it that a chieftan of Manalur, situated between two main rivers, begged a goddess to protect his residents from an intense monsoon flood. The floods receded and the residents were spared from untold havoc and suffering. Therefore, the temple was built as a sign of gratitude for protecting the small town of Manalur. Shrines representing the Lord Vishnu, Sridevi, Bhoodevi and Lord Maha Ganapathy are erected just outside of the temple. The interior displays a colorful decoration of Hindu shapes and designs. The Sri Muthumariamman Temple is a colorful Hindu temple that illuminates and enlightens the surrounding region of Matale. It is a must see when you are in town. Do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see a traditional, community-prientated Hindu temple in a rural setting of Sri Lanka. The Sri Muthumariamman Temple is located just north of the bus stop going toward Kandy. For more information call: +91-93448-14071. There is no entrance fee to visit the temple. Opening hours are from 7:00 to 19:00 daily.

Sri Dalada Maligawa

The Sri Dalada Maligawa, also known as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, is an extreordinarily magnificent Buddhist temple located in Kandy. It is only 26 kilometers away from Matale. The Sri Dalada Maligawa is probably the most important sightseeing structure in the region. It was erected in the confines of the royal palace complex of the previous kingdom of the city. The temple is home to the relic of a tooth of Buddha. The city has been named an UNESCO world heritage site mainly because of the Sri Dalada Maligawa. It continues to play a powerful political role in modern times because it is believed that whomever holds possess the relic in his or her hand, is bestowed governance power over the country. It is best to visit during the early morning or in the afternoon. The temple gets overcrowded during the evening. Its royal solemnity has stood the test of time. This is a marvellous Buddist structure that simply must be visited whenever you are in or around Matale. You will not be disappointed. The Sri Dalada Maligawa is located at the Palace Square, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka. Telephone: +94-81-2-234226.

Euphoria Spice and Herbal

Located only 15 kilometers from Matale, Euphoria Spice and Herbal is simply an awesome place. If offers a free tour the highlights the unique herbs and spices present in Sri Lanka. Lunch and cooking classes are also offered. Be sure to book in advance. Euphoria Spice and Herb is a true ayurvedic experience. It is a treat to your gastronomic senses and will certainly spice up ideas for your next culinary adventure. Don't miss this spicy treat when you visit Matale. Euphoria Spice and Herbal is located on Arunaloka Farm, Madawala Ulpatha, Matale 21000, Sri Lanka. It faces the Temple Mahamewnawa. Website: Email: Telephone: +94-77-270-9107.

International Spice Walk

The International Spice Walk is a wonderful garden that is home to an array of spices and herbs. It is also home to butterflies, squirrels and other animals native to the region. The tour guide demonstrates how spices are used to prepare intoxicatingly delicious teas while herbs are used to prepare natural medicines that are used to cure common colds and other illnesses. You may also receive an herbal massage to help releive stress and tension build up. The International Spice Walk is truly a magical place to visit. Be sure to visit whenever you are in Matale. International Spice Walk is located on 5 Palapathwela, Matale, Sri Lanka.

Ranweli Spice Garden

The Ranweli Spice Garden is home to an abundance of smells and spices that are native to the region. Vanilla, cinnamon, aloe vera, ginger, nutmeg, and pineapple are just to name a few. There are no short of guides who are eager to show you around the place. It is a small, quaint garden that takes roughly 15 to 20 minutes to see it all. Wonderful cups of hot chocolate infused with delicious herbs are also available for your delight. Ranweli Spice Garden is located on No. 99 Kaudupellella, Matale, Sri Lanka. Email: Telephone: +09-466-224-7339. There is no entrance fee.

Regent Spice and Herbal Garden

The Regent Spice and Herbal Garden is renowned for highlighting healing herbs and spices that are endemic to Sri Lanka. This lush garden is home to cocoa, jasmine, almond, margosa, sandalwood, and more. The personel a the garden also offer educational tours for visitors. It includes lessons on how to produce natural cosmetics using natural ingredients and how to perform head and shoulder massages using natural herbs. Staff members are fluent in English, French, German, Italian, and Russian. Regent Spice and Herbal Garden is located on No: 06, Kirigalpoththa, Palapathwela, Matale, Sri Lanka . Website: Email: Telephone: 94-066-4460080.

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Getting to Matale

Traveling to Matale can only be described as being a true Sri Lankan adventure. However, you will not be disappointed once you arrive in this enchanting Sri Lankan town. Your first stop is to land in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. There are two international airports servicing the city. The main international airport is Bandaranaike International Airport. This airport is also known as Negombo International Airport, Katunayake International Airport, and Colombo International Airport). The other international airport is called Ratmalana Airport. Check out the website for Bandaranaike International Airport: Email: There are several major international airlines that fly to Sri Lanka. A short list of airlines are below. They include SriLankan Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Air India, Thai Airways, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, British Airways, and more. Check their websites for schedules, prices, and more information. Sri Lankan Airlines: Turkish Airlines: Air India: Thai Airways: Qatar Airways: Emirates: Cathay Pacific: Malaysia Airlines: British Airways: Sri Lanka Railways is responsible for train serivce in Sri Lanka. Once arriving in Colombo you can take a train to Kandy, which is roughly 134 kilometers. Once in Kandy you are only 26 kilometers away from Matale. You can hire a taxi or three-wheeler to get there. Getting around Matale is best done by hiring a three-wheeler. They are readily available and will transport you through Matale and surrounding areas. Taxis are also available but in much less number.

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