north of Kandy near Matale is a very important Buddhist site and totally different from any other you will see. It is the site of the 5th Buddhist Council (Theravada Tradition) where the Tipitakaya (Core Buddhist teachings) were written down for the first time after a huge gathering of monks assembled to compare notes on what they thought the Buddha had actually said all those years ago. If you knock on the door of the monastery a lovely monk will come and explain the process, showing you exactly how it was written onto palm leaves as well as showing you round the site. Very few tourists ever go here. Click here for more information.