Welcome to Ratnapura District, Sri Lanka's treasure trove of natural wonders! This district is a haven for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike, with its lush green forests, cascading waterfalls, and sparkling gem mines. The district's namesake, Ratnapura, which means "City of Gems," is home to some of the world's finest precious stones, including sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. Visitors can explore the mines and even try their hand at gem mining. The district is also home to the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is a haven for birdwatchers and hikers. The reserve is home to over 147 species of birds, including the Sri Lankan blue magpie and the red-faced malkoha. The district's many waterfalls, including the breathtaking Bambarakanda Falls, are perfect for cooling off after a long hike. For those interested in culture and history, Ratnapura District has plenty to offer, with ancient temples and ruins scattered throughout the area. The Maha Saman Devalaya temple, located in Ratnapura town, is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka and attracts pilgrims from all over the country. With its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, Ratnapura District is a must-visit destination for any traveler to Sri Lanka.

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