Ceylon Gem Capital - Ratnapura

A bustling, congested city, Ratnapura hosts few travellers but is a famous trading centre for the area’s wealth of gemstones. As you explore the town, you're sure to encounter some hustle from pushy salespeople eager to flog you a gemstone (or a piece of polished glass).

Another reason to visit Ratnapura is that it’s the take-off point for one of the oldest routes up Adam’s Peak. Climatically, expect humidity and regular downpours.

Maha Saman Devale, a devale is a shrine dedicated to either a god of the Hindu pantheon or a local deity, which is usually situated within a Buddhist vihara or temple. This unique devale, only a short distance from Ratnapura, is dedicated to Saman-the tutelary deity of Adam's Peak.