Highland Spice Garden

Highland Spice Garden, Matale: Address, Highland Spice Garden Reviews: 2/5

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Alan R
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total rip off
Mar 2021
Total Tourist trap and a total rip off. We were charged for products we did not want and in addition, when we got back to our hotel, the same products were in the hotel shop at 30% of the price which we paid

We did not intend to even visit there and objected several times before the driver told us we could stay only a few minutes to use the bathroom. We got railroaded in to buying and the items were packed without us being told what was going in the pack. When I objected to the prices, they simply told me that this would last many months.

none of their claims on the usage of these items are true.

If it is indeed a government owned business, then it should be closed down
Written April 5, 2021
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Jeannie Odza
Grapevine, TX70 contributions
Interesting but Tourist Rip Off
Feb 2020 • Couples
Totally agree with all the reviews. The tour is very informative and I learned a lot. However, it is a hard sell. They start giving you a massage and then mention that a tip would be appreciated. At the end of the tour we were told the guide works for free, so obviously you feel obligated to tip him. We bought products and ended up spending £140 - only one of the products did what it said. The other has no instructions or ingredients, so have no idea what we were sold. By all means take the tour, do t allow them to give you a massage, and don’t buy any products. If you found e guide helpful a Tip of a couple hundred rupees should be more than enough.
Written May 22, 2020
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gwennym2015
Singapore, Singapore3 contributions
Highland Spice Gardens Matale
Feb 2020
Dreadful place avoid or do not BUY anything, the gardens are fine but you will get a hard sell at end of tour.
Written March 22, 2020
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TK_Max
1 contribution
AVOID AT ALL COST !!!! DO NOT BUY ANY ITEMS FROM THEM !!!
Feb 2020
This place is full of unqualified cheat people. DO NOT buy any products from them as none of them are listed with any ingredients and overly price.
These people should be ashamed of themselves as they are trying to rob tourist who are trying to explore the world of spices and herbs. Scandalous !!!

All tour guides gets commission from them so if he/she suggests a visit , please avoid if you are easily pushed into buying.

There is a National spice garden which concentrates on spices and herbs, make sure your tour operator visits that one and not this one. Tell him/her in advance.
Written March 2, 2020
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Terrance M
Hamilton, Canada3,016 contributions
SPICES AS IN HERBAL, NOT COOKING
Jan 2020
As Sri Lanka is known for its spices, I thought [wrongly] this place would focus on cooking. The thrust is on spices and their curative powers for what might ail you. The guide Bobby was very knowledgeable as he is a doctor in France. He was happy to discuss matters at a level of detail that is frankly of little interest to the average visitor. At the end was what he described as a pharmacy where you could get your cinnamon, vanilla, jasmine, etc whatever. The items did not appear to be cheap. There is a restaurant there. As it was very late, our group ate there. The buffet had largely been picked over but there was an effort to provide a meal for a reasonable price. Overall, bearing in mind my expectations, the place was a disappointment.
Written January 24, 2020
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Resort639236
2 contributions
Avoid Absolutely
Dec 2019
Tourist Trap.
Guide irrespecutful and not to be trusted.
I figure out later, that they sold me a random herbal product, instead of the treatment we spoke about.
Written December 23, 2019
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jhorch
Darmstadt, Germany53 contributions
Total ripp-off
Nov 2019 • Couples
We visited the Spice Garden in November 2019 and can agree with all the bad reviews. a pure sales event. We immediately made it clear that we will not buy anything and it was okay. In the evening then the information from locals that the offered goods are bought cheaply on the local market and sold for a multiple of the original price. Absolute rip-off!
Written November 5, 2019
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The one and only blemish in Sri Lanka
Oct 2019 • Family
Highland spice garden is only a place to visit. Never ever buy anything there. Every thing they show are good but what they sell are rotten and not worth even a rupee. For example we bought cinnamon at 600 slr. And their photos are attached. We brought some facial cream at about 10000 slr and it gave burning sensation to my wife and children's faces.
Written October 22, 2019
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gyotaku2015
Greater Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
A learning experience
Dec 2018
The Highland Spice Garden is one of many places like this in Sri Lanka, Quite interesting, but be aware that if you visiting with a tour, at the end it becomes a buying obligation.
Written August 6, 2019
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Michael H
Gold Coast, Australia38 contributions
Interesting tour
Sep 2018
Almost any spice you can think of, is growing in this garden. Staff are friendly and informative . Extensive range of products in shop for you to purchase, although quite expensive,compared to most other items in Sri Lanka
Written May 7, 2019
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