Visited with my wife on the 2nd day of our 2 week tour on our way into Kandy.
I have to say that I quite enjoyed it.
OK you have to go to this place with your eyes open...it is mainly for tourists, but however the Doctor (Ayurvedic) showed us around the herbs and plants which was interesting to see (though I found it amusing when a huge snake slithered across the path and he was insistent on me paying attention to his vanilla pods lol) and then he took us to down to a little education hut and talked about the medicinal aspects of the herbs.
This hut is also used for local education but they are expected to make a small tip for this and not purchase from the shop (where the tourists are taken so we were told that there was no need to tip).
He did demonstrate a hair removal cream on around 1" square patch on my calf. He didn't tell me what it was when he put it on so I was a little surprised when a nice patch of my hairy old leg dissapeared....cheers Doc I can now spend the rest of my holiday looking like I have leg allopecia.. :/
We did get a very nice unsolicited massage, head, back and face which was great.
Noone asked or mentioned a tip for this and I didn't get a chance to give one...though I would have, as the massage was good.
We were then taken up to the shop and given the opportunity to buy some of the items the doctor had discussed and demonstrated. We were not pushed or rushed into buying anything, but it is obvious what the place is all about, and thats making a bit of money from the tourists. But thats what happens to tourists everywhere...look at the tat they try and sell you in London!
We bought a few cheap bits for fun and enjoyed our visit.
In all I'd recommend it for a short visit on your way into/out of Kandy.
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