Ratnapura Day Tour
- Pick up from Negombo or Colombo, and transfer to Ratnapura
- Visit Gem Mine
- Visit Gem Museum
- Visit Saman Devalaya
- Transfer to Katunayake International Airport
We will start more safely and the great journey to enjoy natural lush of Sri Lanka. The prime destination is Ratnapura, known as the ‘City of Gems’.
Gem Mine - There are many gem mines around the area, especially in paddy fields on lower ground, which are deep around 10m to 50m. Portable hand operating tools use for mining process such as shovel, picks, pans (specially made from bamboo) and cradles. Once soil lifts out from the mine, with the use of water, the dirt and mud wash out using pans and thus if there any gemstone, which heavier than normal stones, remains at the bottom of the pan as mud wash away.
Gem Museum - 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, alexandrites, aquamarines, tourmalines, spinels, topaz, garnets, amethyst, zircons etc. You could also visit one of the gem mines.
Ratnapura Saman Devalaya - Ratnapura Saman Devalaya is a shrine, dedicated to the god Saman. The god Saman is (a Buddhist deity) considered to be the guardian of Ratnapura. When the Portuguese captured Ratnapura, the ancient shrine that stood at this location was destroyed and a Portuguese church was constructed on top of it. When the Kandyan kingdom recaptured Ratnapura, the Portuguese church was destroyed and the shrine was rebuilt. Although there is no direct evidence to support the existence of the old shrine, indirect evidence supports the existence of a shrine that looked like a Hindu temple at the current location before Portuguese times. Currently this shrine is a very important place of worship for Buddhists.
On completion of this tour, you will be driven back to your hotel or Katunayake International Airport for Departure.
Note: This itinerary can be changed according to your personal preferences. Your transportation and accommodations can be arranged for attractive prices. Hotel reservations also may be arranged as your wish.