Things to Do in Matale

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  • Natalie G
    Melbourne, Australia10 contributions
    Pradeep started off by giving us all the info on the amazing gardens at Euphoria and the medicinal qualities of so many beautiful and flavourful plants and herbs. His passion for the properties of each herb and its uses is infectious, and he is always happy to answer every question you have. I learnt so much here. Shall then took us through an awesome cooking class where we got to use things straight from the garden. He has so much passion and energy for cooking the food just like he remembers growing up, that it's hard not to have a great time.. even better getting to eat the spoils of your hard work either! Thanks guys for an awesome morning!
    Written May 3, 2022
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  • SevenoaksSinjun
    Sevenoaks, UK1,523 contributions
    This is a bright and colourful Hindu temple, easy to find on the main road through Matale town. You can walk around the site but I'm not sure if you can enter the temple (from the Southern side you can get a peek inside through the gated entrance). When you look more closely at the tower at the Northern end, you'll notice all the Hindu deities carved into it of which I believe there are over a thousand. Worth a stop if your passing through.
    Written April 21, 2020
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  • mahinda2004
    Colombo, Sri Lanka74 contributions
    Sembuwatta is a man make extremely beautiful lake . it has got misty and chilly climate. This lake is surrounded by tea lands & pine trees. Lake situated at Elkaduwa estate in Matale district. There are many beautiful springs on the way. You need a high ground clearance vehicle go there.
    Written November 24, 2021
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  • My Tropical Journal
    Colombo, Sri Lanka132 contributions
    Aluvihare Rock Temple or Matale Aluvihare is one of the most important Buddhist temples near Matale city centre. This is the place where the Pali Canon was first written. There are some caves and recently added viharaya, pagoda and museums. Museums have a little collection of ancient artefacts. It seems the temple is overlooked even amidst its importance. I feel its old pride has been taken away by modern buildings. It has high cultural, historical and educational values. Please wear full clothes. Shorts and skinnies are not allowed. The Great King Walagamba had built this during the 03rd century BC.
    Written February 16, 2022
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  • Hiruni
    2 contributions
    It's a long climb to the top but there were cool winds and breathtaking views the entire way. Thick greenery and wild flowers were flanking the path which was a bit rocky near the top, adding to the fun. Will definitely go back this year. Take plenty of water and start the climb early on in the day to avoid the hot sun.
    Written February 16, 2020
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  • ajaycmistry
    54 contributions
    Gave us a tour of the spice gardens plus a tutorial of their products (with some tea) before taking us to the gift shop. They provided us with a detailed sheet of all their products and usage, and staff were on hand to explain things further.
    The tour itself is free but the shop seemed expensive so there maybe other places that sell similar products for a cheaper price.

    The tour was bit rushed, the gardens were busy and it felt commercialised.
    The parking is across a busy road but they do have staff to help you cross safely.

    Overall good experience.
    Written May 17, 2020
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  • Andrew S
    Sheffield, UK786 contributions
    What an interesting place this is, way from the hustle and bustle of other temples this is an impressive place, reputed to be slap bang in the middle of Sri Lanka it has to temples, one has many carvings of everything from elephants to copulating couples and more.

    The tree and stone plinth lined walk up to it is just as impressive.
    Written May 1, 2022
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  • charthri
    Colombo, Sri Lanka5 contributions
    Had an excellent time hiking with friends. Took some great photographs. Better be prepared for a little rain and cold winds. But it is must see if you visit Riverston.
    Written May 29, 2022
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  • My Tropical Journal
    Colombo, Sri Lanka132 contributions
    Amazing waterfall located near Rattota, Matale district. The fall of this waterfall is about 10m and can be viewed from three parts. One at the beginning of the suspension bridge. The second view is from the middle of the suspension bridge. The third one is the most fantastic view after crossing the suspension bridge. During the non-rainy season, water levels are low and can reach the waterfall. Crystal clear pure water. Amazing and can spend days. Old fashioned suspension bridges can be a danger for kids and the elderly. So be careful. But, worth crossing it to see the pure beauty of this waterfall. The waterfall is located about 16km away from the Matale city centre (40 minutes drive). Also, on the way to Riverston.

    Please avoid using shampoos, soap, and any chemicals when bathing to protect the environment. Loads of plastics and polythene were visible. Please take back whatever you bring with you. They do not belong to this environment.
    Written February 16, 2022
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  • eraj9
    London, UK142 contributions
    Bit diffiuclt and off the usual main road.. about 10kms.
    Simply beautiful. Need to be careful as bathing can be dangerous quite close to the falls. Safer further down .
    Written January 19, 2021
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  • Sampath W
    Kandy, Sri Lanka13 contributions
    Nice place with breathtaking views of knuckles mountain range . you can take a 15-20 min walk at pitawala pathana to the cliff with a great view.
    need to buy tickets at the information center to visit the pitawala pathana.
    Written February 19, 2022
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  • SharmilaJay
    Colombo, Sri Lanka186 contributions
    Beautiful waterfall especially during rainy season. However the pathway is slippery so watch out and also be careful with the Leeches. Carry salt water or sanitizer. Try to always get a guide to take you. They are simple folk at the ticket office. We were taken by Vishwanathan. Wear good shoes which have a decent grip. It’s a very short walk but best be safe than sorry!
    Written October 9, 2021
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  • Kate
    Bendigo, Australia7 contributions
    As part of our tour of Sri Lanka we visited Luckgrove Spice garden. We were interested in all explanations and demonstrations of each plant and their herbal benefits. The 'doctor' was very nice and friendly, but at times felt more of a sales pitch than a tour. The pressure to buy their products after the tour was high, including being conned into buying the hair removal cream (which once opening when we got home smells strongly of Veet and other hair removal creams!!). Please note if you're buying their tea, double check if the box already has vanilla extract included as we were caught buying an extra bottle on the 'doctors' recommendation!!
    Would recommend a tour and look through the spice garden but don't get jibbed in their store!!
    Written January 13, 2020
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  • Kusal
    Colombo, Sri Lanka1 contribution
    Situated between Dambulla and Matale its the ideal place to get to know about all kinds of gems and minerals. The host Shaminda goes the extra lengths to explain everything.
    Written April 26, 2022
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  • Jeannie Odza
    Grapevine, TX72 contributions
    Totally agree with all the reviews. The tour is very informative and I learned a lot. However, it is a hard sell. They start giving you a massage and then mention that a tip would be appreciated. At the end of the tour we were told the guide works for free, so obviously you feel obligated to tip him. We bought products and ended up spending £140 - only one of the products did what it said. The other has no instructions or ingredients, so have no idea what we were sold. By all means take the tour, do t allow them to give you a massage, and don’t buy any products. If you found e guide helpful a Tip of a couple hundred rupees should be more than enough.
    Written May 22, 2020
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