The spice farm was very welcoming and one of the few attractions open during the rainy season.
Upon arrival we were given flower garlands and lemongrass tea, as well as a few laminated pages detailing the spices and their suggested medicinal uses. A guide then took us around a small area of the spice farm, showing us the spices, the plants, the uses and even letting us try a few. The guide spoke good english and was friendly. After the tour we had a buffet lunch including warm curries (included) and some drinks (have to purchase) which was tasty. In the canteen area there was a shop to buy the spices, which were incredibly cheap (compared to UK prices). Additionally a small bag of spices is included in the entry price and tour price.
Afterwards we visited the nearby elephant ride tent. Whilst it is fantastic to see these amazing creatures it was hard not to feel bad about the conditions there were kept in, they were tied up and stood on a concrete paddock. The ride cost 700 rupees per ride and was about 5 minutes long up and down a dirt track. The seat was not particularly comfortable and seemed to just be a plastic sheet laid over some ropes on the elephants back (uncomfortable for the elephant too i would imagine), the driver steered by kicking the elephant behind the ears with his heels, he kicked it hard and shouted to get it to trumpet for each customer. At the end of the ride the driver demanded a tip (in addition to the money already paid). To do anything else with the elephants (wash, feed etc) would be more money. I would not mind paying such a high price had the elephants been treated better but the animal welfare was poor.
So in summary - Spice farm is interesting and worth a visit but avoid the elephant ride at least until they treat them better (the elephant rides seem to be run by people separate from the spice farm)
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