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Ratnapura is the provincial capital of Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka and the Ratnapura District in which the town is situated. Located some 101 km south east of Colombo, it is the centre of a long-established industry of precious stone mining including rubies, sapphires, and other gems. Apart from gem mining, the town is known for rice and fruit cultivations. Large plantations of tea and rubber surround the town. Tea grown in this region is called low-country tea. There is a well-established tourism industry in Ratnapura.        























  Land area    3,236 km² (1,249 sq mi)
  Inland water area   39 km² (15 sq mi))
  Total area   3,275 km² (1,264 sq mi)

 


 


 


Ratnapura is located in the south-western part of Sri Lanka, the so-called wet zone. The town receives rainfall mainly from south-western monsoons from May to September. During the remaining months of the year, there is also considerable precipitaion due to convective rains. The average annual precipitation is about 4,000 to 5,000 mm. The average temperature varies from 24 to 35 °C, and there are high humidity levels.The city is above 21m from sea level.


#1# Most of the large-scale gem businessmen of Sri Lanka operate from Ratnapura. The Rattnapura town depends on the gem trade. Gem pits are a common site in the surrounding area. Most of the large-scale gem businessmen of Sri Lanka operate from Ratnapura. There are considerable numbers of foreign gem traders in town too. Among the foreign traders, Thai (Thailand) traders are in the majority. Every day, large number of traders from suburbs and other towns gather in the town centre to sell or buy gemstones. Large-scale merchants collect gemstones from locals and sell them in the international market. Some traders go out of the city to buy gems. This includes neighboring towns like Kalawana, Bogawantalawa, and Ela-era. After the discovery of world-class alluvial sapphire deposits in the valley of Ilakaka in Madagascar, many Ratnapura merchants travel out of the country to Madagascar to buy gems.


The town's agricultural industry is also well developed. Large plantations of tea and rubber surround the town. Although rice fields also used to be a common sight around the town, rice cultivation presently faces an uncertain future in Ratnapura because many farmers are giving up their rice cultivation and switching to gem mining which is a more productive way of earning money.


Special places in Rattnapura




  • The mountain Sri Pada -Adam's Peak(Buddhist/Hindu/Islam)

  • Maha Saman Devala (Buddhist)

  • Delgamu Viharaya (Buddhist)

  • Pothgul Viharaya (Buddhist)

  • SS Peterand Paul's Cathedral (Catholic Church)

  • St. Luke's Church(Church of England)

  • Siva Temple (Hindu)

  • Jumma Mosque (Islam)

  • Diva Guhava (Buddhist)

  • Bopath Ella

  • Sinharaja Forest Reserve

  • Udawalawe National Park

  • Kitulgala


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