Most of the things to do in Ratnapura revolve around gems, especially considering it is even entitled a ‘city of gems’. A visit to the Ratnapura Gem Market convened on most mornings in Newitigala is an unparalleled experience. Simply astounding to see so many gems in one single place!
In addition Rathnapura is populer for hiking, trekking, waterfall tours, Sinharaja forest tour and many more activities such as tea factory visits. We can arrange you during your leisre as per your desire.
China Fort acts as the heart of gem industry in Beruwala. China fort is the largest market in Sri Lanka for cut and polished stones. It is where the gem merchants are highly concentrated for generations hence act as the gem trading hub connecting buyers and sellers from different parts of the world bringing varied types of gemstones mined from different parts of the Sri Lanka and add value to these stones by cutting and polishing.
Since Beruwala is one of the best beach destination and fishing destination in Sri Lanka, you can get that experience also.
Get near a Gem mine in Rathnapura and witness the process
Ratnapura is the place for gem mining in the island, and a visit to this city would enable you to see the process of digging the pits and washing the gravel containing the gems. You could easily hop into one of the many three wheelers available and travel the short distance to the mines for a very interesting and memorable experience which should not be missed.
Explore Gem cutting
A visit to one of the museums or many gem workshops will give you the opportunity to see a variety of precious stone, such as rubies, sapphires, cat’s eyes, alexandrite’s, aquamarines, tourmalines, spinels, topaz, garnets, amethyst, zircons etc. You could also visit one of the gem mines.
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