Ratnapura is a major city and it is the capital city of Sabaragamuwa Province. The palm candy produced traditionally in this region, but the more common explanation in Sri Lanka is that it comes from the Sinhala “ratna” meaning gems and “pura” meaning city. Ratnapura is. Located 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 rice and fruit cultivations. Large plantations of tea and rubber surround the city. Tea grown in this region is called low-country tea.