Ratnapura is located 101km Southeast of Colombo on a scenic route of paddy fields, tea and rubber estates. It is situated at the foot of the famous Adam’s Peak. Sri Lanka, throughout history has been known for its gem production. History has it that King Solomon acquired a great ruby for the queen of Sheba from Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has also produced three of the world’s largest blue sapphires including the Star of India and the Blue Bell, the sapphire that adorns the British Crown. A visit to one of the museums or gem workshops will give you the opportunity to witness a wide range of precious stones. From rubies, cat’s eyes, sapphires, aquamarines, topaz, amethysts and more – Sri Lanka is a real haven for gems. A visit to a gem mine would also prove to be an interesting one.