South Coast Cinnamon

Apart from Ceylon tea, Sri Lanka is also known for its cinnamon. Known to be one of the best in the world, Cinnamon here was discovered by Portuguese. The gentle coastal hills of southern Sri Lanka are especially suited to the growth of cinnamon. Learn more about the versatile spice at a local cinnamon estate, enjoy cinnamon-infused drink and last, but not the least, enjoy the breath-taking views from the estate.

  • The hills of Sri Lanka’s south coast are well-matched for cinnamon cultivation.
  • Meet a local cinnamon estate owner and walk through the story of the island spice.
  • Appreciate peeling in action and try it yourself.

Learn how the South Coast region of Sri Lanka became the producer of the world's best cinnamon on this tour of a hillside estate. The spice is endemic to Sri Lanka and is used mainly as an aromatic condiment and flavouring additive in a wide variety of cuisines, sweet and savoury dishes, breakfast cereals, snack foods, tea and traditional foods. Enjoy a cinnamon-infused juice before your ascent through the estate. Stroll uphill or request for a tuk-tuk while booking the experience.

Find the peeling and oil extraction shed. Observe local peelers at work, while they process cinnamon from the estate and nearby small-holdings. And as you do so, learn about the influence of colonisation, the uses and benefits of cinnamon, its grading and community focus. Proceed to the top to enjoy a breath-taking view, tea, and the chance to try your hand with the tools of the trade in an Ambalama.  Let us know if you would also like to do a 20-minute tea tasting!

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