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Address: Mitiyagoda, Ambalangoda 80300, Sri Lanka
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The tour guide was very friendly and explained all about it. But I did feel sorry for the man who had to jump in the mine to demonstrate. Although he did it with a smile I... read more

2 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
MrsTurnby
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The tour guide was very friendly and explained all about it. But I did feel sorry for the man who had to jump in the mine to demonstrate. Although he did it with a smile I wasn't exactly thrilled he seemed to do it for everyone, poor bloke could end up hurt. We were brought by our escort, although we... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were unsure about visiting as we had no idea what to expect . The mines are around 10M deep and 10M around in a bell shape a truly difficult and scary way to earn a living with the collapse of the chambers a real possibility

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Thank richJay
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

Do not buy anything, they sell fakes - probably more so to tourists who they hope to never see again. This behaviour is a real shame for the tourist industry in Sri Lanka and I hope the Government will act upon their dishonest behaviour. Make sure all gem purchases in Sri Lanka are checked (for free) by the National Gem... More 

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3 Thank Nita M
Southport, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016 via mobile

Nice little informative place but the pompous guy showing us around was very pushy and seemed annoyed that we didn't buy his 'jewels' for $400...!!!! I bought the kids a (doubtful) moonstone that cost $220 but have a feeling I was ripped off.

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1 Thank susanhasan
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016 via mobile

I visited this mine on 13 November and bought a star ruby and a star sapphire. I thought I had a bargain until I took them to a gemological institute to have them tested. They were both synthetic . Caveat emptor!

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4 Thank HazeHwee H
Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed watching the process of getting the stones, it's only a small place so it doesn't take long to pay a visit. I found the guide to be very inappropriate. I was with my partner and he kept touching me and kinda flirting. He also started a very uncomfortable conversation about intimate stuff which I found hard to escape.... More 

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1 Thank Zoe k
Muscat, Oman
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

I would not advise to visit this factory only treatment by staff if they do not buy will be evicted way uncivilized. The prices are very high and reliable source of Wayne.

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Immingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

This place could have real potential and could be very interesting. Unfortunately, they made both me and my boyfriend feel very forced into purchasing something and followed us around whilst we browsed the shop. The man showing us around told us that we got a special discount with it being a special poya day (which seemed a load of rubbish)... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

1). Not much to see of the mine, but a quick 15min tour. 2). They do not charge for the tour but basically expect you to buy cinnamon and gem stones.. The tour guide is a bit pushy, almost desperate.. That said, I would still recommend one to take the tour - it is informative and feast for your eyes!... More 

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1 Thank Pri K
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016 via mobile

There are lots of these small mines and the one I visited had flooded so they were repairing. Very small scale and shows the manual side of the whole process. The aim is to take you to the shop to buy something before you leave

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