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Moonstone Mines

Mitiyagoda, Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka
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Type: Caverns/ Caves
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Mumbai
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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60 reviews 60 reviews
35 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Vilnius
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85 reviews 85 reviews
46 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Being a moonstone fan (though not a connoisseur), I found it a nice and quite informative stop. It was very interesting to see the uncut stones washed from the mine diggings also to examine the minerals coming along with the moonstones. I even got myself a small blue moonstone pendant (overpriced, of, course, but the money were not so big)... More

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Hong Kong, China
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5 reviews 5 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Interesting to read all the experiences various tourists had while visiting the meetiyagoda mines and while I have a been a huge fan of Sri Lankan moonstones for more than 20 years of collection, I can say the meetiyagoda mines are not producing the same high quality sort after blue sheen stones ones its boast to have been famous for... More

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Doncaster England
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70 reviews 70 reviews
25 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The review from the Czech guy below is accurate. My wife and I visited here last Thursday (10th April), allegedly with a 50% discount day! The quality appears good but I'm afraid the true value is nowhere near what they say. If you're interested I would not pay more than 25% of the original price quoted. You will get better... More

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