• Tour code: 16052P181
  • Location: Kandy, Sri Lanka
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Visit three lesser-known but impressive attractions around Matale on this private 10.5-hour tour with your group of up to eight people. Your guide will provide entertaining commentary and insight into each attraction as you go. This tour includes a cooking class and an optional sunset tour on Sembuwatta Lake.

Highlights

  • Private 10.5-hour tour of Matale
  • Visit lesser-known attractions including an ancient Dravidian temple
  • Guided tour provides commentary and insight targeted to your group’s interests
  • Cooking class and lunch at Euphoria Spice and Herbal Gardens included
  • Travel by private car or minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Secrets of Sri Lanka: Private Day Trip to Matale Including Cooking Class and Lunch

Spice Garden

Begin your private tour with pickup from your hotel in Kandy at 8:30 a.m. Depending on the size of your group, which can accommodate up to eight passengers, you will either transport in a private car or minivan. Bring your breakfast to-go or eat before you leave to ensure a comfortable morning.

Your first stop is at the Nalanda Gedige, an ancient Dravidian temple that blends Hindu and Buddhist elements. Tour the temple with your guide, and then drive 15 minutes to Euphoria Spice and Herbal Gardens at 11:30 a.m.

Upon arrival, take a 60 to 90-minute tour of the gardens; learn about the local plants and their culinary and medicinal uses from your guide as you go. Then, watch a cooking demo that puts the plants to good use and eat lunch.

At 2 p.m., transfer roughly 20 minutes to the religious complex at Aluvihara, a famous site in Buddhism constructed atop a matrix of cave systems. Climb through the rocks to see the insides of the caves and learn about their history and significance.

At 3:30 p.m., leave Aluvihara and choose to return to Kandy — plan to arrive around 6 p.m. — or opt to take an hour-long trip to Sembuwatta Lake to catch a good view of the sunset. Return to your hotel at the end of your tour.

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