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Old Village Spice & Herbal Garden

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Big scam

We hired a taxi from Sigiriya to Kandy and our driver convinced us to visit this spice garden. We... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
krishna s
via mobile

This place is utter scam always trying to sell, they don’t talk about spices or herbs, the only... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Azam H
Hong Kong, China
via mobile
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  • Excellent6%
  • Very good10%
  • Average12%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible61%
Feb 6, 2018
“Interesting but pressure to buy”
Jan 14, 2018
“Look Around, but dont buy”
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We hired a taxi from Sigiriya to Kandy and our driver convinced us to visit this spice garden. We were quite excited and looking forward for our visit. And in our excitement didn’t check the reviews online (our biggest mistake) As soon as we reached...More

Thank krishna s
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is utter scam always trying to sell, they don’t talk about spices or herbs, the only intention is to keep selling things, I don’t like there intention

Thank Azam H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We hadn’t intended coming and accepted advice without doing any due diligence. Indeed, we were looking forward to it thinking it might be a very interesting horticultural tour of herbs and spices. But no. It’s a cynical scam for ‘natural health’ products. Strongly recommend that...More

1  Thank bradleysmith2018
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We meant to go to the spice garden near the botanical garden but didn't know there were many spice gardens around Kandy, and that it's name is New Ranweli, hence we didn't specify which spice garden we wanted to go. This was our first mistake....More

Thank Farah M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a scam & the products do not work. It is clearly set up to take advantage of tourists. Not only do the products not work but they actually cause significant detrimental side effects. If your driver starts to take you here, refuse...More

Thank SamSzanyi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our driver made us come here on our way to Dambulla from Kandy (I found out later that this was because drivers get a big commission for bringing tourists here). What followed turned out to be a huge scam. We were taken around a little...More

Thank Christopher K
Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile

This is 100% a tourist trap. Any guide will be able to tell you the same if not more about herbs then the people here. They are more concerned with selling you stuff at rediculously overprised rates.

Thank Tim87maastricht
Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

Simply do not go here. After we said no 3 times to the “student herbologist” responding to whether we wanted a massage, we were then taken to the sales counter. Outrageous pricing for complete rubbish! Stick with a qualified doctor, antibiotics are a lot cheaper...More

Thank emtnems
Reviewed August 7, 2018

Our tour guide forced us to come to this place. I thought that maybe it can be nice. We can know more about sri lankan herbal medicine so why not. When we arrived they told us that entrance is for free, there was a "medicine...More

1  Thank SissiB85
Reviewed June 26, 2018 via mobile

This spice garden on the way to Kandy tour which nearby Elephant Sanctuary. Nothing much to see there, its just a selling medicine with double price. if your tour guide insist to bring your there please say No. Like us, our tour keep on pressure...More

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September 13, 2017|
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Response from John K | Reviewed this property |
I bet he said you were really over weight as well so you need the bigger tin 2/3 months worth ?
May 1, 2016|
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Response from Zuzana C | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I bought it as well, but through it out once I open it, it is a Veet cream, and not only hair are growing, but it irritates my skin.
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June 14, 2015|
Response from JilEssex | Reviewed this property |
Mm. This often happens. All I can say is the guy who showed us round was knowledgable, and we had a nice massage. It was the begging for tips that spoilt it. There's lots of spice and herbal gdns in Sri Lanka - look for a... More