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Old Village Spice & Herbal Garden

Koholanwala | Madawala Uipatha, Matale, Sri Lanka
+94 66 2 249074
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We were taken to the Old Village Spice and Herbal Garden No. 7 (I think there are many of these) in... read more

Reviewed January 17, 2017
British Columbia, Canada
total rip-off

I am not a fan of tours for this very reason ...they are infamous for taking you to places that... read more

Reviewed January 9, 2017
Holly S
New York City, New York
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  • Excellent8%
  • Very good13%
  • Average16%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible51%
Aug 29, 2016
“Interesting whirlwind tour if you don't mind a hard sell”
Aug 12, 2016
“Hard sell, lots of knowledge, small garden, expensive products”
Koholanwala | Madawala Uipatha, Matale, Sri Lanka
+94 66 2 249074
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Reviewed January 17, 2017

We were taken to the Old Village Spice and Herbal Garden No. 7 (I think there are many of these) in Hiriwadunna by our driver, on our way to the Elephant Orphanage (better to see the elephants in the wild). Our guide at the garden...More

1  Thank darcytravels2016
Reviewed January 9, 2017

I am not a fan of tours for this very reason ...they are infamous for taking you to places that they get kickbacks for and often are not places you would have chosen to visit if left to your own devices. Unfortunately our driver from...More

Thank Holly S
Reviewed December 15, 2016

We had exactly the same experience as others. Our driver dropped us here without consulting us so we didn't have the opportunity to read up about this place else we would have told him not to stop here. The guy who showed us around claimed...More

Thank TSESingapore
Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Our story is like some of the visitors...bad I copy a text from an other traveller, its a copy of what happens with us. The guide at this garden claimed that he is an ayurvedic doctor and took us around to see 26 different plants....More

Thank Crime D
Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

On our way to Kandy, out driver suggested a stop in the herb and spice garden. I wasn't really in the mood, but my friend wanted to go so we agreed to stop for a tour. The guide of the garden, who was extremely knowledgable,...More

Thank Sandra B
Reviewed August 29, 2016

We were taken here by our driver and told to enjoy the tour/information but not to feel pressurised to buy. It was a bit too much of a whirlwind tour to take much in and we were staggered by the price of the items in...More

1  Thank kidskitchen
Reviewed August 20, 2016

Don't visit this spice and herbal garden. They have only one goal. To get you in the shop en they want to smooth sales techniques to sell as much as possible.

1  Thank gbenes2016
Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

Although some of the facts about the plants we saw were interesting when it came to buying products we felt really pressured and even the free massage wasn't free at all as you had to tip and had no idea how much to give !...More

4  Thank diharris2
Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

The garden itself is quite pretty. There are one or two plants of each variety and a sales person takes you on a whirlwind tour of the garden explaining what each plant or tree can be used for. At the end you are given a...More

Thank Ben F
Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

I went with my family to this garden....and we bought some ayurvedic products that they applied for us during the massage, actually we felt good after the ayurvedic massage...and we bought many products and we gave them a tip for there effort... It's a good...More

1  Thank Like M
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Hi. Please i want to ask about the hair cream removal. I used it for 7 days, but the hair is still growing. Should i use it on the hair? Or i remove the hair then aplly it ? Thank you
May 1, 2016|
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Response from gogopetitekyon | Reviewed this property |
I suppose you should use it on the hair. put the cream on your skin and hair and leave it about 12 minutes, then scrape it away with tissue paper or soft cloth. the hair would still grow, but would be thinner or less. at... More
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Jim D
The reviews are so divergent I don't know what to believe. I have to admit that I am confused. Regards. Jim
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