Matale

Matale is the largest town of the Matale District of the Central Province, of Sri Lanka. It is 142 kilometres (88 mi) from Colombo and near Kandy. Surrounding the town are the Knuckles Mountain Range, the foothills were called Wiltshire by the British. It is a mainly agricultural area, where tea, rubber, vegetable and spice cultivation dominate.

The Aluvihare Temple, on the north side of the town, is the historic location where the Pali Canon was first written down completely in text on ola (palm) leaves in 29 BCE. Matale was a site of a major battle in 1848 when the Matale Rebellion started and the British garrison in the Fort MacDowall in Matale was placed under siege by the rebels led by Weera Puran Appu and Gongalegoda Banda who are considered as national heroes in Sri Lanka. This Historical city was also home to Monarawila Keppetipola, another national hero who led the Wellasa rebellion against the British troops. His ancestral home, the Kappetipola walawuwa is still present at Hulangamuwa, Matale.

 

Attractions

The Weera Puranappu Monument.

The Old Railway Station where the Railroad (completed in 1880) that starts from Colombo ends.

Christ Church, Matale.

Matale Sri Muthumariyamman Temple.

The Old Clock Tower.

The Anagarika Dharmapala monument.

Nandamithra Ekanayake International Hockey Ground.

 

Tours

Sightseeing, Adventure, Eco

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