The main tourist attraction in Matale is the handicrafts and Spice Gardens where one can view various spices that have been grown. A guided tour explains the herbal and medicinal value of these spices. Matale is also known to have some of the best craftsmen in the country. Having learnt the work from their ancestors, these talented craftsmen strive to create works of art making use of the traditional methods to suit the modern day living styles. Apart from spices and handicrafts, the colourful batiks (a traditional Sri Lankan form of hand painted designs onto cloth) are also a great attraction.