About Ratnapura

Rathnapura (City of Gems). Sri-Lanka has been famous for its gems since antiquity-legend has it that a Sri-Lankan ruby was given by King Solomon to the Queen of Sheba. Rathnapura, ensconced in the verdant hills at the south-western corner of the hill country, is the island’s richest source of gems. A trip to a working gem mine provides a fascinating glimpse into the mining process, which is still largely carried out by hand.