Matale Highlands and Cooking Experience from Kandy (Private Day Tour)

Matale Highlands and Cooking Experience from Kandy (Private Day Tour)
from AUD $156.72
The Secrets of Sri Lanka 10.5-hour tour takes you to three lesser knowns, but amazing, locations in the area of Matale. You will first view the beautiful, historic and completely mysterious Nalanda Gedige. Then you will have a fun-filled visit in the form of the Euphoria Spice and Herbal Gardens in Matale, where you learn more about spices and watch a traditional cooking demo that puts them to good use. You will then move onto a serious note with the secretive and ancient rock temple Aluvihara. Finally, you will visit the spectacular Sembuwatta Lake at sunset, making for some amazing views.

SKU: LK60020600
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In Brief

Kandy, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
9 to 10 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Nalanda Gedige, Matale 21152 Sri Lanka

Nalanda Gedige is an old Dravidian (Pallava era) structure believed to have been built between the 8th to 10th century. At first view it’s an obviously Hindu temple from the detailed wall and roof architecture, to the little windowless main shrine. However, the ruins of the erotic tantric sculptures, and plain moonstone point to a more Buddhist origin.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple, Matale, Aluvihara Aluvihara Junction, Matale Rd, Matale 21000 Sri Lanka

Aluviharaya cave temple in Sri Lanka is a rock-cave temple close to Matale where Buddhist monks wrote the Tripitakas during King Walagamba’s rule. These Tripitakas originally had come down by mere word of mouth by being committed to memory by Buddhist monks of the time.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Kandy Dambulla Road Arunaloka Farm, Madawala Ulpotha, Matale 21000 Sri Lanka

Euphoria Spice and Herbal is located 12 km away from Matale (The spice capital of Sri Lanka). Enriched with herbs, spice groves and plants with fragrant greenery shading from the tropical trees that enlightens the unique aroma of each spice and herb. We give the opportunity for our visitors to explore and gain knowledge on Sri Lankan spices, herbs and the benefits of Ayurveda. The tropical climate in which our plants and herbs are grown helps them preserve its ancient originality. The educational tour around the garden, which we call “The Spice Tour”, let the visitors feel the sensation of the Sri Lankan spices and herbs which is demonstrated in different foreign languages to suit our customer need.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Sembuwaththa Lake, Elkaduwa, Matale 21000 Sri Lanka

. Sembuwatta is an artificial lake made from a natural spring in the area. It’s famed for its amazing views and natural swimming pool. You will be spending a relaxing hour here, allowing you to take some spectacular photos with the setting sun.

Duration: 1 hour


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from your hotel in Kandy.
  • Transport by a private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Service of an English speaking chauffeur guide.
  • Cooking demo at the spice garden.
  • Entry/Admission - Euphoria Spice and Herbal


  • Entrance tickets to the visiting sites. (Sembuwatte Lake, Nalanda Gedige, and Matale Aluviharaya)
  • Food and beverages.
  • Expenses of personal nature.
  • Gratuities.
  • Entry/Admission - Nalanda Gedige
  • Entry/Admission - Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Sembuwaththa Lake

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Your Hotel In Kandy

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Comfortable walking shoes and hats are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

In Brief

Kandy, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
9 to 10 hours