Dambulla Produce Market
Although not a historical complex, the Dambulla Produce Market serves as a major economic centre for the island, as it is one of the main places in which the country’s harvest is bought and sold to vendors. As a result, it is possible to purchase fruits and vegetables at wholesale and retail prices, making it a one-stop shop for those grocery shopping. Make sure you tag along with an experienced guide, as the two large halls can be quite overwhelming with so many fruits and vegetables on offer, from potatoes to cucumbers and cabbages, the variety is endless.
The market, however, is not only restricted to the vendors in the two large halls, but also outside the complex. The many trucks and lorries containing pumpkins, varieties of bananas, mangoes, coconuts, carrots, peppers, watermelons, apples, and leeks are perfect examples of how vast and diverse the market is. In addition to the diverse produce, the market oozes with an intriguing culture, as you are able to witness the typical lifestyle of the village people and the enterprises that operate in the area. Just be sure to be equipped with a water bottle and, preferably, deck shoes, as it will be crowded with the village folk and will be very humid during the day.