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Ratnapura, Sri Lanka

From series “The Scariest Mines in the World”
The island of Sri Lanka is precious in the literal and figurative sense of the word. That’s because of Ratnapura mine, whose name can be translated as ‘the precious land.’ Since ancient times, gemstones have being mined there. This is where Blue Belle of Asia that later adorned the crown the Queen of England was found. The exact date of the foundation of Ratnapura mine is unknown, but one fact remains indisputable - for hundreds of years, the process of extraction of stones hasn’t changed here.

Part of large-scale mines have been depleted and are now in ruins, while locals continue to expand tunnels and look for new fields of jewelry. According to locals, walk through the deserted mines is absolutely safe, but at first glance tunnels may seem very insecure.

Some of the areas have been deprived of any fortifications, so any wrong move or loud noise may provoke the collapse. Locals believe tunnels of Ratnapura to be a sacred place, that’s why they always bring generous gifts to the gods. Employed workers also take into account advice of astrologers and follow a lot of important rituals, as locals believe that such a respect to the place makes source of gems literally inexhaustible. To the beginning - Kamioka

Ratnapura - interactive map

Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Commercial Bank ATM' located in 1.95 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Yellwo Cab' is located in 41 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Filling Station' in 1.42 km
Supermarket: 'Palitha Super' in 2.26 km
Parking: 'Saman Dewalaya Car Park' in 0.77 km
Apotheek: 'Ukwatte Building' in 2.17 km
Police station: 'Police Station - Rathnapura' in 2.45 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Diamond Rest' in 0.63 km
Railway station: 'Ihala Watawala Railway Station' in 32 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Ratmalana Airport RML - in 56 km
 »  Bandaranaike Airport CMB - in 76 km
 »  Anuradhapura Airport ADP - in 178 km
 »  China Bay Airport TRR - in 222 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Ratnapura

Centauria Hill Resort

Located in 0 km from Ratnapura
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Rooms: 12
Tastefully decorated, rooms come with high ceilings and classical wooden furnishings. Each is equipped with a cable TV, cosy seating area and work … More: photo, rates and booking
Nilani Hotel

Located in 2 km from Ratnapura
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Rooms: 13
Simply furnished, the air-conditioned rooms come with colourful fabrics and large windows that provide plenty of natural light. All rooms are … More: photo, rates and booking
Kuruwita Retreat

Located in 10 km from Ratnapura
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Rooms: 2
Fan-cooled rooms at Kuruwita Retreat are tastefully furnished with a sofa seating area, wardrobe and writing table. Hot/cold shower facilities are … More: photo, rates and booking
Laya Leisure

Located in 18 km from Ratnapura
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Rooms: 64
Air-conditioned rooms at Laya Leisure are tastefully furnished with a separate living area and dining table. A flat-screen TV and work desk are also … More: photo, rates and booking

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