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Rathnapura


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RATHNAPURA



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Rathnapura (City of Gems) is a major city in Sri Lanka, is the capital city of Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka, approximately 101 km south east of capital Colombo. Somebody say the modern name is derived from the Portuguese name Rapadura for jaggery, the palm candy produced traditionally in this region, but the more common explanation in Sri Lanka is that it comes from the Sinhala "Ratna" meaning gems and "pura" meaning city.Ratnapura is also spelled as Rathhnapura.

The person of the town depends on the gem trade. Gem pits common site in the surrounding area. Most of the large-scale gem businessmen of Sri Lanka operate from Rathnapura. There are large numbers of foreign gem traders in the city too. Among the foreign traders, Thai (Thailand) traders are in the majority.

The city's agricultural industry is also well developed. Huge plantations of tea and rubber surround the town. Although rice fields also used to be a general sight around the town, rice cultivation currently faces an uncertain future in Rathnapura because many farmers are giving up their rice cultivation and switching to gem mining which is a more productive way of earning money.

Maha Saman Devalaya

This is a shrine dedicated to the god Saman. The god Saman is considered to be the guardian of Ratnapura.

The mountain Sri Pada (Adam's Peak)

Ratnapura is situated at the foot of the 2243 meter high Adam's Peak. All four major religions claim Adam's Peak as a holy mountain. Buddhists call the mountain Sri Pada (The Sacred Footprint), or Samanalakande (Butterfly Mountain) and believe the Lord Buddha has visited the mountain and set his sacred footprint.

Diva Guhava

A cave temple, believes to be that the place Buddha had rest while visiting Sri Pada (Adam's Peak) with his 500 priests, as in Mahavamsa one of the nine places Buddha had visited during his third visit to the Sri Lanka.

Location

Province: Sabaragamuwa

Distance Between

Source: Colombo, Sri Lanka Destination : Sabaragamuwa a, Sri Lanka

Driving Distance

Distance (km): 86 Km. Distance (mile): 53Miles.

Routes : By Bus

Colombo → Avissawella → Rathnapura (A4)


 

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