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Address: Mitiyagoda, Ambalangoda 80300, Sri Lanka
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Demo mine but selling on their minds

Unless your switched onto moonstones , then only average attraction. They show a demo mine. With some gravel being washed including some rough moonstone in it. Lots of jewelry... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Col A
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Monticello, Utah
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Monticello, Utah
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124 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unless your switched onto moonstones , then only average attraction. They show a demo mine. With some gravel being washed including some rough moonstone in it. Lots of jewelry demo as part of visit. Selling not too hard though.

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Cambridge, Canada
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71 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although it was cool to see so many stones, the woman who gave the tour was less than interested and very pushy about us buying things in the end. Wouldn't recommend.

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Duravel, France
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Little to see all rather contrived .l felt sorry for the poor old chap who had to turn over a spade full of gravel as a tourist walked past.The gems are over priced and the staff pushy?

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Thank Laboriedulot
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34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 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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239 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 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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Southport, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 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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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 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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5 Thank HazeHwee H
Dublin, Ireland
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63 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 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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Muscat, Oman
1 review
Reviewed 26 November 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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