As the guide strongly recommended to call at a spice garden, I stopped by a garden for lunch on the way to the city of Matale reluctantly.
Matale is a mainly agricultural area, where the cultivation of tea, rubber, vegetable and spice is a thriving industry.
He described spice, herd and ayurveda, and then he try to demonstrate how to use the products. I refused it. I am not interested in spices at all.
I met a middle-aged woman in front of the shop. She was speaking better English than me. She said “Did you get any goods at this shop?” “I didn’t.” I replied. She asked “Did you look at the spice farm and factory near here? I said “Come to think of it, I do not see them.” She whispered “The goods of this shop are very expensive. You should buy them in some ordinary shops.” “I completely understand what you are talking about, thanks madam!” “Have a nice trip!” “You too!” She smiled a little and left.
Matale is the largest town (Population: 40,860 in 2001) of the Matale District of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. It is 45.6 kilometres south from Dambulla and near the old town of Kandy.
is back to the 3rd Century B.C to the reign of King Devanampiyatissa. The King built the dagoba, planted the Bo sapling and founded the temple after the introduction of Buddhism to the country during his reign.
is picturesquely situated amongst rocks that have fallen from a mountain valley above. According to tradition a giant habited the region. The giant used three rocks as a foundation for his cooking pot. Aluvihara means ‘ash monastery’ and the name is in reference to the many ashes that were produced from the cooking that the giant prepared.
The first cave is home to a ten meter Buddha who is in a reclining position. Lotus pattern murals decorate the cave ceiling.
Moved to another cave, it is decorated to represent the various realms of hell, there are wall murals in 18 chambers of hell.
It is a not so pleasant, a warning for all those who deviate from the righteous and enlightened path.
As tired, I didn’t go there just took this photo, descended, and left for the Matale city inside. Following visited place was the Sri Muthumariamman Temple.
The Sri Muthumariamman Temple is the most beautiful and interesting Hindu Temple.
According to the legend, a chieftain of Manalur begged a goddess to protect his residents from an intense monsoon flood. The flood waters began to recede and the residents were spared from untold havoc and suffering. Therefore, the temple was built as a sign of gratitude for protecting the village of Manalur.
Shrines representing the Lord Vishnu, Sridevi, Bhoodevi and Lord Maha Ganapathy are erected just outside of the temple.
Lord Vishnu with goddesses Bhudevi and Sridevi, manifested energy and fertility. Lord Maha Ganapathy (elephant faced God) is always worshipped before starting any new venture.
After the Sri Muthumariamman Temple, passing through the city of Matale and headed to the next town Kandy.