232. Ranweli Spice Garden, Kawudupelella, Matale, Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka has many Spice Gardens. They are places where you can see, touch and smell real spices. Growing up in Jamaica, I’m accustomed to the smells and can identify them by sight. You’ll love this Garden as its like you like you walked into a Spice store. Check it out on your visit.
The Ranweli Spice Garden sits in the town of Matale which is north of Kandy and southwest of Polonnaruwa and northeast of Colombo, the country’s capital.
How To Get Here
As Sri Lanka is an island, there are no trains that arrive here from another country, however there are trains from Colombo to all parts of the country from the Central Train Station in the heart of the city. The closest station looks like Kandy, then you’d have to take a taxi or rent a car. Sri Lanka Railways has details.
The Colombo International Airport (CMB) is the closest international airport. The following airlines has service to Colombo, Sri Lanka (CMB):
- Air Asia (AK), Air China (CA), Air India (AI), Austrian Airlines (OS), Cathay Pacific Airways (CX), China Eastern Airlines (MU, Cinnamon Air (C7), Emirates (EK), Etihad Airways (EY), FlyDubai (FZ), Jet Airways (9W), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Korean Airlines (KE), Kuwait Airways (KU), Malaysia Airlines (MH), Qatar Airways (QR), Oman Air (WY), Rotana jet (RG), Saudi Arabian Airlines (SV), SilkAir (MI), Singapore Airlines (SQ), Spicejet (SG), SriLankan (UL), Thai Airways (TG), TOR Air (OD), Turkish Airlines (TK) and Ukraine International (PS).
There are buses from Colombo to all parts of the country from the Central Bus Station in the heart of the city. Check out this site for planning information. But just ask in Colombo. Also, try Kangaroo Cabs. The local buses will place you right outside the Garden.
If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions. Also try Kangaroo Cabs.
Where To Stay
There are several places to stay in the nearby town of Matale offering different levels of comfort. I stayed with Cinnamon Hotels in nearby Kandy. They were the sponsors for the trip.
==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor in the Matale area here.
==>> Try Airbnb.
Where To Ea
There is a restaurant at the Spice Garden where you can have something to eat. You may also head into the town of Matale for eat.
==>> Here are some additional places to eat in Matale.
What To Do
Check out the Spice Garden and learn about the different spices.
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