Visit a spice garden in Matale to see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. Just 25 km from the hill capital of Kandy, the Matale spice gardens are among the best on the island. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. A processing and training unit has been set up in the area and farmers are grouped in a cooperative to ensure fair prices and you will also be able to purchase spices.
Gardens are open to visitors, a delightful place to stroll in fragrant greenery and learn about nutmeg, pepper vines, clove trees and curry, cinnamon and the precious cardamom, a relative of ginger. It grows in the shade of high jungle trees and can only be harvested by hand.
Visitors may buy spices, traditional remedies and cosmetics, taste a herbal brew and in some venues, enjoy the full flavors of Sri Lankan spices over lunch or an Ayurveda massage based on natural products from the garden.
Recommended review time for sightseeing: 1 h
When we went to Sri Lanka, we visited Matale City just to go to this lovely spice garden. We saw different spices which Sri Lanka is famous for, and we got just more of that because we were able to see how the spices are grown and the way the are pulled out and planted. We had lunch in the garden, a cup of spice tea (they gave us the recipe), I got a free massage with aloe vera cream, and then we were able to buy stuff. It was a great pleasure my advice just go there and see for your self.
Fascinating visit lots of different spices and good explanations. There are good opportunities to buy spices
We spent a short time at the Ranweli Spice Garden in Matale. There was a tour of the garden where you could conveniently see, touch and smell the spice plants. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. At the end of the tour you could buy spices as a souvenir if you wanted. There is no obligation to buy. I found it most interesting and educational as did my young sons who are aspiring chefs!
The "guide" spend app. 10 mins. on walking through the garden and showing examples of herbs etc. and the finalized product they made.
The we were sat down to a lengthy introduction to their products and all the benefits they have. Needles to saym, we walked away without buying anything.
visited with 4 adults & 4 youngsters. Well organised and talk well presented by local expert who took time to answer our questions and demonstrate products. Hands-on demonstrations were excellent with clear advice on the medicinal value of each item on the list. No hard selling with the result we felt pleased to buy quite a lot of items at the shop,
I wish Ranweli Spice best wishes for their future business.
Its a nice shady garden ideal for a cooling break from the sun. The guide we had was very pleasant and informative about the various plants and their uses in medicine and in cookery. There is a shop attached but no hard sell involved. I bought some curry powders more as a souvenir than a search for a bargain. The curry powders actually turned out to be excellent and very good value as the quantity required in dishes is very small compared to other commercial spice blends. eg 2 teaspoons instead of 2 tablespoons. Also bought some balm that also turned out to be very effective on assorted ailments like insect bites and heat rash. A good value visit which was free but a dollar or two tip per person is welcomed and worth it.