Sabaragamuwa

Ratnapura

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Ratnapura is a gem-mining centre in Sri Lanka, in the Sabaragamuwa region. The abundant gem bearing deposits in Rathnapura marks it as a must visit site. The Sinhala name is precisely descriptive, meaning the “Gem City.” Located at 103 km from Colombo, this location is famous for Gem Business. It is also closest to  Adam’s Peak and another Sri Lanka’s top locations for tourism.

Things to do in Ratnapura

  • Visit the National Museum
  • Travel to Katugas Falls
  • Visit the Ratnapura Gem Bureau, Museum and Laboratory
  • Visit Maha Saman Dewalaya

Mawanella

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Mawanella is located a few kilometers from Kegalle as is equally famous the production of a variety spices and crops including rice, tea, rubber. It is also famous for its traditional handicrafts, especially the pottery, brass-ware and tobacco related industry. There are abundant shops which charmingly line the roadside. Mawanella is historically famous for Uthuwan Kande Soora Saradiel, a native who fiercely fought against the ruthless British colonialism. He is known as the Robin Hood of Sri Lanka as he looted the wealth from British officers and their local counterparts only to distribute it among the poor villagers. The natives were under heavy economical and political pressure from unfair taxes under British rule and were rebelling against as best way they could.

Things to do in Mawanella

  • Visit the spice gardens
  • Visit handicraft and gift shops

Kegalle

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Kegalle is an interesting town located between Colombo and Kandy in central highlands of Sri Lanka. The town itself is fascinatingly located at the bottom of a steep rock face. The surrounding area produces graphite, precious stones and agricultural products such as rice. Kegalle has an agricultural based economy and the cultivation of rubber has spread over most of the area. Minor export crops such as coffee, cocoa, pepper, clove and nutmeg also take an important place in the economy of the District. Nearby is the Pinnawala elephant orphanage where tourists can visit on day excursions to photograph, feed and watch the elephants bathe and play in the nearby river. It is a major tourist attraction which never disappoints. Next door rests a zoological garden where visitors can spend a relaxing day, enjoying the beauty of nature. It is an ideal location for a family holiday to Sri Lanka due to its rich cultural and environmental background.

Things to do in Kegalle

  • Visit the Pinnewala Elephant Sanctuary
  • Volunteer or experience to take care of orphaned elephants
  • Visit the Henerathgoda Botanical gardens
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