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Address: Mitiyagoda, Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka
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Promise me you won't by a pebble

Standard Sri Lankan tourist trap... The guide was excellent and made the most of what he was showing. The hole in the ground was supplemented by some cinnamon trees and half a... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Standard Sri Lankan tourist trap... The guide was excellent and made the most of what he was showing. The hole in the ground was supplemented by some cinnamon trees and half a dozen pineapple plants. The 'workshop' was a bit of a joke and then wait for it... the shop...! Standard overpriced jewellery place with a fairly hard sell. Moonstones... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

After bargaining for one hour or so we got a reasonable price for some "blue moonstones". Luckily we decided to have the stones worked in rings and pendants by a jeweler in Hikkaduwa . There it turned out that the stones where actually made of cheap quartz with a thin chip of blue moonstone sticked to the backside of the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

You're better off going straight to a jewelry shop. There's a short tour to show you what the entrance to a mine looks like (you don't get to go in though) and a quick demonstration of how they wash the gems from the dirt. You do get to see a workshop of guys making jewelry, but that's rushed as well.... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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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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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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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Bengaluru (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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