Sri Lanka, since the olden days has been synonymous with exotic spice varieties sought after by many, world over. This emerald isle was not only envied by various nations owing to its abundance of these rich elements, but was eventually invaded by those who wished to claim these much priced possessions for themselves.
Even today, Sri Lanka continues to hold a prime position in global spice markets with its production of high-quality spices. Among the list of high quality spices currently produced in Sri Lanka are cinnamon the most delicately scented of spices and popularly used in rice and curries, cardamom a spice with aromatic properties and used in confectionaries and sauces midst a plethora of others to which includes coriander, turmeric, fenugreek, cumin, curry leaves, lemon grass etc. They can be viewed up close and purchased at the spice gardens located in Kandy, Matale and Mawanella.