Matale

Sri Muthumari Amman Temple

Matale is a town in the hill country of Sri Lanka, 142 kilometres from Colombo and 26 kilometres from Kandy. It is an area steeped in history and village living. The Matale administrative district also contains the historic Sigiriya rock castle, Aluwihara rock cave temple and Dambulla Cave Temple. Surrounding the town are the Knuckles foothills called Wiltshire. It is a mainly agricultural area, where tea, rubber, vegetable and spice cultivation dominate. The Knuckles Mountain Range is a special landmark of Matale. The Aluvihara Temple, on the North side of the town, is the historic location where the Pali Canon was first written down completely in text on ola (palm) leaves. Situated near Aluvihara are numerous monastery caves, some of which exhibit fine frescoes.ex:- The Embiliviharaya temple at Hulangamuwa, The Watagoda Temple, The Kawatayamuna temple. Matale was a site of a major battle in 1848 when the Matale Rebellion started and the British garrison in the Fort Macdowall in Matale was placed under siege by the rebels led by Weera Puran Appu & Gongalegoda Banda who are renowned national heroes in Sri Lanka.

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Sri Muthumari Amman Temple