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Map of Sri Lanka with Ratnapura District highlighted
|• Total||3,275 km2 (1,264 sq mi)|
|• Density||330/km2 (860/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Sri Lanka (UTC+05:30)|
|ISO 3166 code||LK-91|
The gem-mining centre of Sri Lanka is also a major crossroad between southern plains and the hill country to the east. A bustling market city servicing most of the surrounding towns. Many of the prominent gem dealers in Sri Lanka operate from this town. There is a route to Sri Pada from Ratnapura direction. Excursions include Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Udawalawe National Park. The surrounding area is a popular trekking destination and a good place for bird watching.
- Ratnapura (Municipal Council)
For the administrative purpose district is divided into 17 Divisional Secretariat divisions
The Ratnapura district includes areas managed by Five Plantation Companies. Namely, Agalawatte Plantations PLC managed by Mackwoods, Balangoda Plantations PLC managed by Stassens, Pussellawa Plantations PLC, managed by Freelanka, Hapugastenne Plantations PLC Managed by Finlays, and Kahawatte Plantations PLC managed by Forbes.
The ownership of these companies lie with the State.
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