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New Paradise Spice & Herbal Garden

Kandy Rd, Utuwakanda, Mawanella, Sri Lanka
+94 35 2 241693
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Worst sort of ripoff tourist trap

Very, very short tour, followed by half hour long sales-pitch product demonstration, complete with... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2016
Rob I
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England, United Kingdom
Snake oil, pushy sales tactics and "all natural" hair removal cream. Blatant tourist trap!

Stopped here (as well as many other tourist trap locations) as part of our Elephant... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2016
Ashley S
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9 Sep 2016
“Snake oil, pushy sales tactics and "all natural" hair removal cream. Blatant tourist trap!”
15 Aug 2016
“Wish id read reviews BEFORE I went.”
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Kandy Rd, Utuwakanda, Mawanella, Sri Lanka
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+94 35 2 241693
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Reviewed 12 December 2016

Very, very short tour, followed by half hour long sales-pitch product demonstration, complete with unsolicited massage which they expect a tip for,. and they want a tip for the 'tour' i.e. product demonstration. Shop prices are a ripoff too, but they do the sadly common...More

Thank Rob I
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped here (as well as many other tourist trap locations) as part of our Elephant orphanage/Kandy/tooth temple tour. Firstly, the tour round the garden took around 15 minutes. It involved mainly looking at different trees and roots, whilst having the associated herbs, spices and fruits...More

2  Thank Ashley S
Reviewed 15 August 2016

As mat people here have said....this is a front to sell various concoctions at vastly inflated prices. We spent too much simply because we felt obliged. Be warned and don't even go in.

Thank Shazza_101neston
Reviewed 4 July 2016

Very very expensive place to buy from unless you're a billionaire. all the staff really seem interested in is selling to you at extortionate prices. see the review title.

Thank Ridcully0
Reviewed 23 May 2016

I went on this Groupon trip arranged by Sri Lankan Tours, it was amazing, except for the visit to the New Paradise Spice Garden. It was quite a disappointment. We were rushed through a garden of plants and trees that have amazing benefits for us....More

1  Thank Nish2013
Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

A complete rip off . The garden is small and just a route to the demonstration of their products and the if sell . The guide chose goods for us at pace some of which we did not want and certainly not I such huge...More

1  Thank kdocking
Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

This is incorporated into most little private tours as I'm almost certain tour guides get a cup of the extortionate prices we are expected to pay at the end of a it pathetic "tour" (sales pitch) through a little garden scattered with some shrubs, trees...More

2  Thank Thomas D
Reviewed 15 February 2016

Our freelance tour guide genuinely thought that this is the kind of place that foreigners would find interesting. And it was, and sometimes very funny (not intentionally), especially when our guide there sat us down and started man handling my boyfriend to demonstrate the benefits...More

1  Thank rkim511
Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

This place was "advised" to us by our driver (like many other places), we figured it would be interesting. As far as the plants and knowledge of the guide goes it's allright. But the massage and shop are a rip off, we ended up bargaining...More

2  Thank Maurits K
Reviewed 9 December 2015

To say it was memorable is an understatement - but not the good kind. This seemingly friendly guy proceeded to hastily walk us through the garden, showing us a variety of herb and spice trees - "vanilla - smell this. cinnamon - smell this. Aloe...More

3  Thank Laura H
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