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Ratnapura is the capital city of Sabaragamuwa Province, located on the Kalu Ganga (Black River) in south-central Sri Lanka, some 101 km southeast of the country's capital, Colombo. It means City of Gems.


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Road through Udawalawe National Park, near Ratnapura
  • Adam's Peak. 2243-metre mountain located 28 km away
  • Kitulgala. Nearby village on the Kelani River where The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed.
  • 1 Sinharaja Forest Reserve. A national park and a biodiversity hotspot which has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Sinharaja Forest Reserve (Q375634) on Wikidata Sinharaja Forest Reserve on Wikipedia
  • 2 Udawalawe National Park. It is famous for its large wild elephant population, making an excellent destination for safari-style tours. Udawalawe National Park (Q131875) on Wikidata Udawalawe National Park on Wikipedia


  • Bopath Ella (turn left at Higgassena close to Kuruwita from the main Colombo - Ratnapura road go about 2 km). A pair of waterfalls which attract visitors from all over the country. You are allowed to bathe in this waterfall, but be warned that flash floods may appear in a matter of minutes.
  • Katugas Ella, Mahawalawatta (3 km from town). A popular water fall among locals.
  • Kirindi Ella, Pelmadulla Main road - Pelmadulla (4 km away from Ratnapura). The seventh highest waterfall in Sri Lanka.
  • Rajanawa (next to Ratnapura Kalawana main road in Marapana village). This beautiful seenary been captured in few famous Sinhala films.


  • Visit some of the showrooms where you can purchase local gems
  • Arrange a visit to some gem mines through some of the local guesthouses
  • Visit local gem market most mornings except "poya" days in Newitigala (40 minutes drive away) up to 15:00.



Local specialties include a type of palm candy.




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