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An active adventure to the heart of Sri Lanka
The Maha Saman Devale, 4km west of the city, is an architectural treasure well worth visiting...
A reputable place to purchase gems with relatively low sales pressure is Ratnapura Gem Bureau, Museum & Laboratory...
The town’s National Museum displays the fossilised remains of various animals (including rhinos and elephants) discovered in gem pits...
Ratna Gem Halt offers a five-day basic gemology course that teaches students skills, including how to cut and polish gemstones. Excursions to the gem mines and markets are included.
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 through Pompakelle Forest Park
The 6m-high Katugas Falls, three kilometres north of town, are quite pleasant but are crowded on Sundays and public holidays.
The lush Pompakelle Forest Park, behind Ratnapura Rest House, is laced with walking trails through this lush forest.
The bus station is around 200m northwest of Main St.
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