Private tour

Secrets of Sri Lanka - Matale From Dambulla

Activity provider: Lakpura LLC

Secrets of Sri Lanka - Matale From Dambulla

Activity provider: Lakpura LLC

From US$ 110 per person

This tour takes you to three lesser known, but amazing locations in the area of Matale, including the beautiful, historic and mysterious Nalanda Gedige.

About this activity

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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup within 5 km Dambulla area.
Private group


  • Discover the Hindu-Buddhist fusion architecture of Nalanda Gedige
  • Get a first-hand experience and knowledge about spices and herbs
  • Buy spices and herbs direct from the source
  • Watch a brilliant cooking demonstration
  • See secretive caves and learn the history of the rock temple
Full description

You will be picked up from your Dambulla hotel to begin the tour. Ensure that you bring a packed breakfast with you if you are unable to have your meal at the hotel. Your first destination is Nalanda Gedige in Matale.

This old Dravidian (Pallava era) structure is believed to have been built between the 8th to 10th centuries. After viewing this structure and discussing it with your tour guide, you will set off for Euphoria Spice and Herbal Gardens. Upon arrival, you will receive a one-hour tour of the spice and herbal gardens.

During the tour, you will get to know more about the different spices and herbs, as well as how they are grown and harvested. Finally, you will drive to Aluvihara, which is supposed to mean ‘light temple’ or ‘cave with light’. Learn about the site's importance to the Buddhist religion and the 13 caves that have been found here.

Afterwards, spend some time having lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense). You will then visit Sembuwatta Lake, famed for its amazing views and natural swimming pool.

  • Transport throughout the tour in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees
  • Service of an English-speaking chauffeur guide
  • 1 Litre of bottled mineral water per person
  • Tuk Tuk ride to Sembuwatte Lake
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All taxes and service charges
  • Breakfast, lunch, or dinner
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  •  Please note that no breakfast, lunch, or dinner is included on this tour

Product ID: 256842