By now exhaustion had set in and so today we did only one of the three activities on offer, namely a visit to a Spice Garden in Matale whilst on our way to Kandy.
This is a small spice garden with a variety of plants on show
and a shop selling spices and Ayurvedic Medicine Products.
Obviously all plants are not going to be productive all of the year and hence we
only saw a few, including the Aloe Vera (which we saw often last Christmas on a Caribbean island)
and Cloves, which I was pleased to see because I learnt in my childhood to associate them with Sri Lanka.
In theory I took a picture of them growing on a tree here but it was totally out of focus so I have borrowed one from Wikipedia.
Jackfruit and Vanilla (no pods growing when we were there)
Pepper (never seen this before) and Pineapple
We were given a lecture on the various products
together with smellings
and then an opportunity to purchase
as many as you could afford or felt was worthwhile.
This photograph is purely here for self indulgence and shows somebody enjoying a mango lassi.
We stayed the night at at hotel in Kandy which had in its foyer, the gaudiest clock (about 5ft tall) we have ever seen anywhere in the world.
This was the view from the hotel as the sun set
and this was that in a different direction in the morning - Sri Lanka really is a very beautiful country.