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The Story of Cinnamon – Koggala

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The gentle coastal hills of southern Sri Lanka are especially suited to the growth of cinnamon. The Portuguese were led to this part of world in search of cinnamon, cutting out the Arab middlemen. In those days it was gathered from wild trees, but, as the Dutch succeeded them, the first plantations were attempted, which then flourished. Cinnamon remains a major export of Sri Lanka, and its use in both cooking and medicine are being increasingly appreciated. Eulogized in poetry from the Song of Solomon to Michael Ondaatje, more than any spice it has become subject of romance. Even now the aroma of cinnamon being peeled to create the “quills” induces a feeling of well-being tinged with sensuality.

Experience Overview

A local cinnamon planter will greet you with a cinnamon infused juice before you make the climb to the estate (tuk tuks can be arranged if necessary). Wander uphill and encounter local peelers from the estate and nearby small-holdings gathered at a shed to process and extract cinnamon oil. There are many women peelers at work and at times the entire family gets involved. Observe the peelers at work, hear about the uses and healing properties of cinnamon and it’s grading. Enjoy the stunning view at the top and try your hand at peeling at the Ambalama. Let us know if you’re interested in a 20 minute tea tasting session.

Includes:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

A host, guided tour around the plantation and snacks.

Duration:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

Approximately 1 hour.

Difficulty:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style


Suitable for children:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Suitable for children:

Small children won’t follow.

Meeting time:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Meeting time:

10AM or 3PM

What to wear or bring along:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
What to wear or bring along:

Cool, light clothing, hat, sun cream.

Private or not?:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Private or not?:

The experience is almost always private.




Managing Expectations

It is important to remember that, whilst they are experts in their field, the people who run or host our experiences are not necessarily used to working in the tourism industry and may not offer the level of service you would find at a five-star hotel. For example, instead of a formal lecture, you may get a relaxed conversation where open discussion is encouraged. All of our hosts are, however, extremely engaging, knowledgeable and passionate about educating visitors about their chosen subject and we have worked with them to ensure that they deliver worthwhile, fulfilling experiences. We welcome feedback, so please let us know what you thought and if you think any improvements could be made to the experiences we offer.

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