Ahungalla Things to Do
Golden Creeper Spice & Herbal Garden
We visited Golden Creeper Spice & Herbal Garden during our stay in Sri Lanka in March 2014.
This was one of several stops that we made during a day long tour of the area by tuk tuk. Golden Creeper is located in the village of Ahungalla, to the north of the town of Ambalangoda, on the west coast of Sri Lanka.
We arrived at Golden Creeper just after 1:00pm and it was raining heavily. Our guide was just finishing another tour of the gardens and so we were invited to take shelter from the rain and enjoy cups of cinnamon tea.
After a short while, our guide, Dimuth, emerged and introduced himself. He explained that he split his time between giving tours of the gardens and working as a doctor at the nearby hospital. He was a very likeable character and seemed very genuine and knowledgeable. He introduced us to his Polish wife and young child.
He led us through the gardens and explained a variety of plants to us. We saw a plant that was similar to mimosa and which recoiled when we put our fingers near it to touch it. We saw cinnamon, lemongrass and some strange looking red pineapples that are apparently very effective for achieving weight loss. We saw bright red capsicums, various berries and star fruits. As Dimuth explained the significance of several other plants, I was slightly distracted by the wild monkeys that were running along the rooftops of an adjacent property.
After a few minutes of the tour, Dimuth asked if he could apply a natural lotion to an area on my right shin. He assured us that we would be impressed by it, so I allowed him to apply a spatula full. 10 minutes later, he wiped the lotion away to reveal a perfectly smooth, hairless square on my leg. There was no pain and no itching; the hair had simply vanished. He was right, we were quite impressed.
We knew that the tour would ultimately lead to an opportunity for us to purchase some health products. Dimuth sat us down in a courtyard at the end of the garden where a table was laid out with all manner of lotions, potions, oils and pills. He talked us through the various products; there were products for weight loss, teeth whitening, improving your memory and for curing all manner of ailments. We were shown a natural insulin cup which Dimuth claimed diabetics could use instead of injections (they would fill the cup with hot water, leave it overnight, and drink it the following morning). Dimuth spoke with the kind of authority and sincerity that led me to believe that he was always telling the truth. It felt more like an educational speech than a sales pitch. Perhaps he was just a very good salesman?
He gave us a detailed list of his products, each one containing several paragraphs explaining the virtues of that particular product, and invited us into his shop. I noticed a certificate above the counter showing that it was accredited by some form of Sri Lankan Ayurvedic body. We had enjoyed the tour and decided to purchase a few small products. We haven't tried any of them yet, so can't comment on whether they truly work.
The rain was falling very heavily as Dimuth guided us back through the gardens under huge umbrellas to our waiting tuk tuk.