New Paradise Spice & Herbal Garden, Mawanella

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Learn about spice plants at New Paradise Spice & Herbal Garden, a small plantation on the Kandy-Colombo highway. A guide will take you through rows of cinnamon, pandan leaves, allspice, vanilla, and other spice plants--you'll also have a chance to learn about each plant's physical characteristics, gastronomical, and medicinal value. At the onsite shop, you can buy different spice or herb products for consumption or as a souvenir. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Mawanella holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the New Paradise Spice & Herbal Garden and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • 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 dem...  more »
  • 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 loo...  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • The spice garden is a staged area in order to sell their products. The guides talk more about the fake benefits of their processes products than spices themselves. Also everything is insanely expensive. You will be better off skipping this place.
  • Be warned in some gardens prices are not fair