Travel Guide to Matale

The complete tour guide to Matale, find information about the city's famous attractions, a list of things to do and much more. Book hotels at the best price and reserve your table at the top restaurants.

Matale Overview

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About Matale

Towards the north of Kandy you'll find the modest sized historic city of Matale. It's located about 142 kilometres away from Colombo and 26 kilometres from the hill capital. Although it's a congested area Matale is home to some of the most historically and culturally significant attractions in the island such as the majestic Sigiriya rock fortress, Aluwihara rock cave temple and Dambulla Cave Temple.

The beauty of the town comes to light in the shadow of the surrounding Knuckles mountain range, which provides breath-taking mountain views. Apart from these historical landmarks Matale is also considered as an agricultural town that is lined with spice plantations brimming with vanilla, rubber, cocoa, mild chillies and cardamom.

So if you are around the area then Matale is definitely worth checking out!


Getting into Matale

Matale is accessible by train, bus, or a private hire. You can board the bus to Matale at the Pettah Bus stand, near the Colombo Fort station. There are also trains to Matale. Check for the times and the schedule.

If you are going to Matale directly from the airport then it's easier to hire a taxi from the airport itself. Check for more information on rates.


Getting around Matale

Most Sri Lankans travel around cities and towns by tuk tuk aka three wheelers. Note that it's a rule of thumb to fix the price before getting into a tuk tuk to avoid paying more than required unless of course the tuk has a meter. It will also help if you can ask locals how much it’s to get to your destination just to be sure you are paying the right amount. Having said that you can also travel by bus which is the most affordable way and you can ask locals to help you. The bus conductors will also be able to help you in any way that they can. Make sure you have small change in the form of coins and notes when going by bus instead of large notes. For example Rs.50, 20, 10 and a few coins.


Where to go and things to do in Matale

Although a small town there is much to see at Matale from the frescos at Sigiriya rock fortress, and Dambulla cave temple to the beautiful mountain views of the Knuckles mountain range. Scroll above and click on our 'What to see' section to discover and explore more of Matale.