This midsized regional city at the heart of the island lies in a broad, fertile valley at an elevation of 300m. The road to Kandy, 24km south, ascends past paddy fields, areca palm plantations and pepper vines. Other regional specialities include vanilla, rubber, cinchona and cardamom. The area is also famous for kohila (a type of watercress) and small, mild chillies. The town’s pleasant park includes a monument to the leaders of the 1848 Matale Rebellion – one of the less famous contributions to the Year of Revolutions!