Prosperity through Good Governance
To implement government policies and programmes through divisional secretariats and other government institutions with the active participation of the private sector and non-government sector to raise the living standard of the people in Ratnapura District.
Ratnapura .It is the capital city of Sabaragamuwa Province, Some say the modern name is derived from the Sinhala "ratna" meaning gems and "pura" meaning city. Ratnapura is also spelled as Rathnapura. Located some 101 km south east of capital Colombo.
It is the centre of a long-established industry of precious stone mining including rubies, sapphires, and other gems. Apart from gem mining, the city is known for Tea and Rubber cultivations. Large plantations of tea and rubber surround the city. Tea grown in this region is called low-country tea. There is a well-established tourism industry in Ratnapura. Adam's Peak.Maha Saman Devalaya,Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Bopath Fall ,Udawalawe National Park,,and are especially popular among tourists.
The people of the town depends on the gem trade. Gem pits common site in the surrounding area. Most of the large-scale gem businessmen of Sri Lanka operate from Ratnapura. There are considerable numbers of foreign gem traders in the city too. Among the foreign traders, Thai (Thailand) traders are in the majority. Every day, large number of traders from suburbs and other towns gather in the town centre to sell or buy gemstones. Large-scale merchants collect gemstones from locals and sell them in the international market. Some traders go out of the city to buy gems.
The city is located in the south-western part of Sri Lanka, the so-called wet zone. The town receives rainfall mainly from south-western monsoons from May to September. During the remaining months of the year, there is also considerable precipitaion due to convective rains.. The average temperature varies from 24 to 35 °C, and there are high humidity levels.The city is above 21m from sea level.
There are many places of worship in and around the city. Buddhist places of worship are more in number, which is to be expected since Buddhists constitute the great majority in the area. Nevertheless, there are plenty of places of worship in the town related to other religions. The following are some important examples:
- The mountain Sri Pada -Adam's Peak
- Maha Saman Devala
- Delgamu Viharaya
- Pothgul Viharaya
- Diva Guhava
Bopath Ella Situated at Kuruvita, few miles away from Colombo Ratnapura high level road and very easy access via a vehicles. Both waterfalls attract visitors from all over the country to Ratnapura. You are allow to bath in this waterfall, but warning for flash flood may appear in a matter of minutes. Despite its danger the beauty of this place is a gem to ratnapura. You have to turn to left at Higgassena close to Kuruwita from the main Ccolombo - Ratnapura road go about 2 KM. The fall is like a boo leaf that gives it name.
A popular water fall among locals, situated at Mahawalawatta, 3 km away from Ratnapura town.
The seventh highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. Situated 4 km away from Ratnapura - Pelmadulla Main road from Pelmadulla town.
Situated next to Ratnapura Kalawana main road in Marapana village, this beautiful seenary been captured in few famous Sinhala films.