We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience, analyze site traffic, personalize content, and serve targeted advertisement. Read about how we use cookies and how you control them on our Privacy Policy. If you continue to use the site, you consent to our use of cookies. Privacy Policy


Sitting in well-irrigated valleys between Adam’s Peak and Sinharaja Forest Reserve, busy Ratnapura (‘City of Gems’ in Sanskrit) is a famous trading centre for the area’s ancient wealth of gem stones. The region’s wet and humid climate encourages the formation of riverbeds, which are the perfect environment for gem stones to develop.

There are several ‘gem museums’ that contain modest displays on gem lore, along with less-than-modest showrooms where you’re encouraged to purchase ‘local’ gems at ‘local’ prices.

The outskirts of town are dotted with gem mines and, although none cater specifically to tourists, most guesthouses can arrange visits.

You can also observe gem merchants selling their wares along Saviya St northeast of the clock tower. The biggest local gem market, however, convenes most mornings (poya full-moon days being an exception) in Newitigala, a 40-minute drive away. Both markets are usually over by 3pm.

Another reason to visit Ratnapura is that it’s the take-off point for one of the oldest routes up Adam’s Peak. Peak-baggers and pilgrims pick up the Gilimalai pilgrimage route from the road head at Carney Estate, 15km, or one hour, away from Ratnapura by bus. It takes six to eight hours to reach the top of the peak, and five to seven hours to descend. Leeches are a particular menace on this trail.


Location Map

We acknowledge the receipt of your inquiry. A SRILANKATRIPS.COM Sales Consultant will contact you shortly. We treat all inquiries as important and aim to reply within the same working day.

Remember that you can also contact us through our Hotline or Whatsapp, which connects you directly to our sales consultants. We can discuss your holiday inquiries by Email, Phone call, Whatsapp or Skype video calls, just let us know what you would prefer.


We acknowledge the receipt of your bookings. We have emailed the booking confirmation with payment link for the credit card payments.
Please quote your booking reference for all correspondences with us. For any further assistance, please feel free to get in touch with us. click here to contact us.