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Moonstone Mines

Mitiyagoda, Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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194 reviews 194 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

We arrived here after visiting one of the local turtle hatchery's, and as we were up from Unawatuna which is quite a distance away by Tuk, Tuk. Our driver suggested a quick visit to a "Moonstone Mine" now, being rather street wise I agreed in principal as I know just how much of a tourist trap these places can be.... More

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Amersham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We enjoyed seeing how the gems are mined, brought to the surface, washed and selected - before going into the shop to buy.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This is the only place in Asia that moonstones are found. They are beautiful. But gentlemen, hold on to your wallet, the lady's can't resist!

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Mumbai
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Ask any local about the places to visit and the Moonstone Mine comes up for sure. Possiblt because this is a commercial activity wherein every travel operator facilitating sales is entitled to commissions. The Moonstone Gem mine located in a village called Meetiyagoda which is just off the town of Hikkaduwa - a 20 minute drive from hikkaduwa. As this... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

in the village of Mitiyagoda there are 3 or 4 'mines' - we visited one which also produces cinnamon oil. Shown around by nice bloke but little more than a hole in the ground - was it genuine? Not sure. wanted to buy some jewellery and asked if I could use card - 'yes' was reply. However, after agreeing a... More

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Bangalore, India
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Nothing much to see. Could have taken us to the jewellery store directly. Can be made a little better for promotional putpose

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Muscat, Oman
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Its interesting to watch the process of the Moonstone mining, the stones sold were expensive though. Its all manual operation and traditionally done.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Very expensive , over 5 times more for sapphires than we found in Galle. although the mine is quite interesting I thought they were only interested in getting you into their shop

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Melbourne
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

During our visit to Galle our driver took us to a Gem Mine. This is a Moonstone Gem mine located in a village called Meetiyagoda which is just off the town of Hikkaduwa. It is not too far by car, from Galle. I must confess that I have not been to a Gem Mine before. These gems are like pieces... More

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Penang
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

别浪费时间。nothing much. Just show a small mine and the standard stone processing then expect you to buy. Entrance fee is free.

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