We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
SCAM and THE SHAME of Kandy - avoid the and boycott the place

The place is a SCAM and should be avoided by all means. The "medical personnel" are nothing of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Avoid at all costs SCAM!!

VERY SAD I DIDNT READ THE COMMENTS BEFORE VISITING! We were brought by our driver there, as we... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
via mobile
Read all 129 reviews
All photos (35)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent1%
  • Very good6%
  • Average12%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible65%
2 weeks ago
“SCAM and THE SHAME of Kandy - avoid the and boycott the place”
4 weeks ago
“Avoid at all costs SCAM!!”
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
Thotagamuwa | Palapathwala, Matale 21000, Sri Lanka
+94 66 2 224522
Reviews (129)
Filter reviews
89 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
See what travelers are saying:
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 89 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is a SCAM and should be avoided by all means. The "medical personnel" are nothing of the kind, but scoundrels. Outrageously priced products of little or small effects are almost forced on you. The guides that bring you there should be boycotted also...More

Thank Spaalen
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

VERY SAD I DIDNT READ THE COMMENTS BEFORE VISITING! We were brought by our driver there, as we trusted him. The garden is nice and the explanations are detailed but the quantity of lies is incredible- the salesman is a medical student, the doctor is...More

Thank surfingste
Reviewed July 2, 2018

Part of the tour to Kandy. Learn about the spices and medicine. Had lunch at their restaurant which is good. No pressure into buying despite all the commentaries. Bought some repellant as a form of appreciation.

Thank Anthony S
Reviewed February 19, 2018

Everything we purchased was not the ingredients described during the tour, further - a lot of concepts shared during the tour was incorrect. Be careful!!

1  Thank Melinda H
Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

We all of a sudden arrived here like most other reviewers, by our driver suddenly pulling off the main road telling us we're visiting a herbal garden. Having encountered similar places before my boyfriend and I quickly decided we could have a look and a...More

3  Thank Mads M
Reviewed January 11, 2018 via mobile

The tour was OK, we were also lucky enough to 'catch' Dr Artula here!! He even told us that he is the Kings Doctor. I tipped for the massage and we left a small tip after his consultation. I noticed the Aloe Vera cream was...More

1  Thank Karen S
Reviewed November 7, 2017 via mobile

Yes as the reviews say... we were delivered to the gardens for an unexpected tour. Yes I'm sure the guide got a kick back from our purchases... but where in Sri Lanka don't they? We were very resistant and reluctant at first but found that...More

1  Thank R_J_Selway
Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile

This place is running a superbly elaborate scam. AVOID AT ALL COSTS! If only I could put a sign up outside this place to warn people. I didn't see the 70+ terrible reviews until way too late. The doctor is fake and the products burned...More

5  Thank foodwinegoodness
Reviewed September 25, 2017

Seeing and hearing about the herbs was interesting enough. Then it is into the shop where you are pressured to buy. Prices are very high and then we were told a special price would apply if we bought more than one item. Turns out the...More

1  Thank Pickers474
Reviewed May 14, 2017

The herbal garden is good and maintain well. They explained about the herbs is good. The students are explaining about the herbal medicines. The doctor was checked the nerve at wrist and advised some medicines for me and my wife. We went to purchase the...More

Thank VenugopalK50
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 3 nearby hotels
A&B Events
7 reviews
1.71 miles away
The Grand Mountain Hotel
24 reviews
3.76 miles away
Royal Cliff Hotel
3 reviews
6.75 miles away
Ashburnham Estate
248 reviews
7.04 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 18 restaurants in Matale
The Spicy Kitchen
35 reviews
1.34 miles away
Amanda Rest
8 reviews
3.46 miles away
Ape Bojun Plus
7 reviews
.16 miles away
Burger Inn
7 reviews
3.16 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 34 attractions in Matale
Sri Muthumariamman Temple
185 reviews
2.29 miles away
Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple
237 reviews
.90 miles away
Riverstone Gap
27 reviews
2.98 miles away
Knuckles Mountain Range
220 reviews
2.44 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Surathura Spice Garden staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines