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Overall ok but a bit of a scam

Good products, nice massage but it comes across as a bit of a scam. You pay for the massage that... read more

Reviewed February 1, 2019
via mobile
Interesting until Uncomfortable Sales Experience

Visited the other day as our driver dropped us off on the way back from seeing the elephants. Our... read more

Reviewed August 20, 2018
London, United Kingdom
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Feb 1, 2019
“Overall ok but a bit of a scam”
Jul 2, 2019
“I wish I had read the reviews before - a scam!”
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101, Thotagamuwa, Palapathwela, Matale, Sri Lanka
+94 35 2 240760
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Reviewed July 2, 2019 via mobile

This place is a con. After an interesting, but a too sales pitchy, your of the garden they give you a massage with one of their products. While I was taken to a separate area and given a female masseuse, the guy who did the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Chamiga
Reviewed April 5, 2019

This place is an excuse for selling products to naïve tourists who -like us- are too polite to refuse. There is absolutely nothing to see. The garden is very small with very few plants and trees. Once arrived you get a short tour. Then you...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank pommerubis
Reviewed March 6, 2019

We had a similar experience to others who have reviewed this place. Interesting talk and a lovely massage which we were happy to give a donation to. However when you're relaxed you are taken into the shop where the guide puts things into your hands...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed February 1, 2019 via mobile

Good products, nice massage but it comes across as a bit of a scam. You pay for the massage that you don't ask for. THEN the tour asks for a tip. THEN they hard sell products and tell you if you don't pay they have...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank murraybryantrs
Reviewed December 24, 2018 via mobile

We were taken to this "spice garden" on the way from Srigiriya to Kandy. The garden is about 30 km from Kandy. After a show and tell which is quite interesting we were led into a small shop selling various extracts with allegedly medicinal properties....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

Visited the other day as our driver dropped us off on the way back from seeing the elephants. Our guide was friendly and really informative and the venue is nicely well kept. The demonstration was good, we each had a massage and tested out natural...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Cdreviews4
Reviewed February 19, 2018

It was interesting learning about the spices and tress BUT it is a tourist attraction and they are here to sell you herbal medicine. They give a demonstration and they have about 33 different products to sell for different ailments. I probably would not do...More

Date of experience: February 2018
3  Thank Patty W
Reviewed February 1, 2018 via mobile

My driver stopped at the garden on our way to Kandy, offloaded me and I found myself with a guide who showed me a few plants and trees within 10 min. Quick face and head massage and we were at the shop. Guide had chosen...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank MatthiasBah
Reviewed July 15, 2017

OMG didnt think tge Sri Lankan government would allow a place like this. Its not a spice garden its all lies. The products if uou buy are not even what they say they are. Pricing is like 1000% more than real market price in western...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Barbara C
Reviewed April 27, 2017

Usually we are quite careful but this time we simply didn't listen to our guts. Luckily the loss was only marginal. Tomorrow we will reclaim We recommend you skip this one. The nice and knowledgeable guys are smart salesmen who try to sell you ineffective...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Horst H
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