Gnanasiha Tapowana Vihara
There’s a full-size replica of the Aukana Buddha at the Gnanasiha Tapowana Vihara, on top of a hill overlooking town; you can walk to it...
Ratnapura Gem Bureau, Museum & Laboratory
A reputable place to purchase gems with relatively low sales pressure is Ratnapura Gem Bureau, Museum & Laboratory. There’s a good...
Ratna Gem Halt
Ratna Gem Halt offers a five-day basic gemology course that teaches students skills, including how to cut and polish gemstones....
National Museum information
The town’s National Museum displays the fossilised remains of various animals (including rhinos and elephants) discovered in gem pits. Local culture and history are also well represented, with an interesting series of old black-and-white photographs.