Adams Peak - 23.6 km - 1 hour drive
The traditional route up Adams Peak start at Palabaddala, Sirpagama. Regular buses leave to Siripagama bus station from the Ratnapura Central bus stand. The trip takes approximately 1 hour. The trek up to the peak resembles a wilderness trek and takes 5.5 hours one way on average, as apposed to Hatton, Muskeliya route which is faster, yet too commercial. The Ratnapura route is recommended to pilgrims and travelers who prefer a more naturalistic and historical route to the peak,with out commercial intervention and too many tourists.
The trek could be started around 11pm to give you sufficient time to reach the peak before sunrise, and to find a good spot to watch the sunrise. The peak could get very crowded during seasons. It is advised that the Ratnapura routes should only be attempted during the season due to the fact that there is a lot of rain, the lights to the top are not on, and there is a chance of wild animals disrupting your trek.
The season up Adams peak start on the full moon of December and ends on the full moon of April. At Hotel Gem Land, we can arrange every thing you need to get there and back.
Bopath Falls - 16 km - 30 minutes
This beautiful waterfall is located 30 minutes away in the Kuruwita area just a small detour from the Colombo - Batticaloa road. The waterfall resembles the bottom of a bodhi tree leaf. The locals believe the leaves washed down from mountain and rests on the riverbed has therapeutic properties. The waterfall trip is an ideal location to take a leisurely swim and have a picnic.
Induruwa Falls - 14 km - 40 mins
located along the road to Adams peak, this is one of our favorite hidden treasures. The waterfall is not too tall but below the waterfall resembles a natural pool with a shower.
Watch the below video we have put together for a great introduction to the waterfalls in Ratnapura.
Ratnapura Gem Mines and Market - 5 minutes drive
Active gem mines can be seen in abudance in the Ratnapura area, usually nestled in quiet villages, or paddy fields. This is ideal for gem enthusiasts to witness the effort and traditional techniques needed to produce gem stones such as the world renowned Ceylon Blue Sapphire. You can also visit the gem market to witness and experience the gem buying and selling procedure. It is recommended to purchase gems from reputable sources and not purchase gems in the streets due to the fact that there are a lot of synthetic stones.
Sri Sumana Saman Devalaya and Poth Gul Viharaya - Around 5 km (10 mins - 15 mins drive)
Sri Sumana Saman Devalaya is an ancient shrine built to worship the deity Saman, who is the protected and god of the Sabaragamuwa and Sri Pada (Adam's Peak) area. The temple/devalaya attracts locals who partake daily in traditional fruit offerings to the gods. This is also the starting point of the Ratnapura Maha Saman Devala Perahara (Buddhist festival and pageant with dressed up elephants) which takes place in September.
Poth Gul Viharaya is also located very close by to Hotel Gem Land. This ancient cave temple is located up 800 steps and is a local secret with little to no tourists. The temple is ideal for a short trek in peaceful forest habitat and meditation.