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South Coast Cinnamon

The fragrant spice cinnamon, over which many a war has been fought, is a treasured commodity that has even been mentioned in religious books of old. Today there are a few varieties of cinnamon, but Ceylon Cinnamon or true cinnamon, is the much sought after specimen.

Sri Lanka supplies between 70 to 80 percent of the global production of authentic cinnamon and here in the southern hills you get to experience, first-hand, a process that for most part, has remained unchanged for centuries. Meet your host over a cinnamon infused drink and head uphill to the cinnamon peeling shed where peelers from the area gather to get to work. Watch the technique of peeling and you could even find out if you’ve got a hidden talent yourself! Learn about the benefit of these cigar shaped golden brown quills, how they are graded and the positive impact of the industry on the community. Savour a cup of cinnamon-infused tea in the Ambalama at the top, while enjoying gorgeous views. If you wish, you could even add on a tea tasting experience to end the experience.

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