RATNAPURA

Ratnapura is a city in South-western Sri Lanka. Known as the ‘City of Gems’, Ratnapura lies at the foot of Adam’s Peak and close to Sinharaja Rain Forest. Ratnapura – The City of Gems is also the gateway to the hill country from the Southern plains. The scenic route takes you passing paddy fields, rubber plantations and tea estates. Tea grown in this region is called low-country tea. Sri Lanka has produced three of the world’s largest blue sapphires, including the “Blue Belle of Asia”. Traditional gem pits of Ratnapura unearth a range of gems in the ancient methods. Rubies, Sapphires, Cat's-eye, Alexandrite, Emeralds, Aquamarine, and Zircon are found in the gem pits.

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Adam’s Peak

The sacred place Sri Pada which is situated in Ratnapura also named as Adam’s Peak and Samanalakande. For Buddhists, the footprint mark is the left foot of the Buddha, left behind when Buddha visited Sri Lanka, as a symbol for worship at the invitation of Buddhist God Saman. In pilgrimage season, around 1000 of pilgrims and tourists climb up to the top. During other months it is hard to climb the mountain due to very heavy rain, extreme wind, and thick mist. Adam's Peak is important as a watershed.

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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a forest reserve and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka. The meaning of the name is Lion Kingdom. Sinharaja rainforest is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site inscribed in 1988. The forest is also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a Biodiversity Hotspot as designated by the International Union for Conservation Nature (IUCN). Apart from that, the forest is home to over 30 endemic birds and reptiles. The most common larger mammal is the endemic purple-faced langur.

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Bopath Ella

Bopath Ella Fall is one of the more popular tourist destinations in the island, as it is famed for its distinctive cascade that forms a “Bo leaf” (leaf of the Sacred Fig Tree) shaped fall, making it both unique and exquisite. Despite the fact that it very well may be visited practically all consistently, the stormy season is esteemed the best time frame in which to encounter the cascade, since the progression of water is at its full quality. This period by and large keeps going from March to December.

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Divaguhawa

Batattotalena is also known as “Divaguhava” is a historic cave in Rathnapura. It is related to Buddhist literature. The cave measures approximately 15 m high, 18 m wide, and 25 m in length, totaling the internal cave area to 6,800 m³. you can see historic art here.

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Katugas Ella

This is a beautiful pace in Rathnapura. Rathnapura has a lot of waterfalls Katugas Ella is one of these waterfalls. It is 6m in height. It is sourced in the monsoon forests of the southern slopes of the Minuwangala mountain. It Falls into Kaluganga. One needs to be very careful if it has rained due to the risk of slipping and falling in addition to flash floods.

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Gem Meuseum Rathnapura

This gem museum Rathnapura is famous for gems that interest people all locally as foreign. This is a collection of different types of gems in locally. If you want to lea more about Sri Lankan gems this is a place for you. This is one of the largest, reputed, and well-established business institutions dealing with the sale of gems and jewelry items.

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Maha Samandewalaya

Saman Devalaya is a shrine dedicated to the deity Saman, situated at Ratnapura. Devalaya was highly subjective by Hindu culture, it remained a Buddhist place of worship throughout the years. Maha Saman Devalaya the Portuguese first landed in Sri Lanka in 1505. There are some ceremonies throughout the year such as perahera, thewawa, Muruthenpujawa, and more .you can learn more cultural things with related Hindu culture.

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National Museum Rathnapura

Rathnapura national museum is one of the national museums in Sri Lanka under the control of the government. Also known as “Ehelepola walawwa”. “Ehelepola” is the name of the first owner of this building. There was some story behind the “Ehelepola Adiakram”. As a visitor, you can know about that. Also, Sri Lankan cultural things are displayed there. You can learn how is the old peoples are in Sri Lanka.

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