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...
Maha Saman Devale
The Maha Saman Devale, 4km west of the city, is an architectural treasure well worth visiting. Perched on a small hill, it has a...
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...
National Museum information
Lonely Planet review
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.