Gem Tours & Accommodation



The gem-mining center 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 in Sri Lanka operate from this town. Scenery around the town is excellent and charming.

The mining operation for gems has been virtually the same since the days of the Alexander the Great or perhaps the Pharaohs times except for the modern addition of the water pumps for dewatering of the pits. The supports for the excavations are still mostly the logs. Labour is provided as a share to the earnings as well as the equipment; materials as well as the daily expenses such as food too are contributed as a share.

Workers in the ARAVA Gem Estate Gem mining at the ARAVA Gem Estate ARAVA Gem Estate


The Malkandola estate The Headquarters is located at Malwala Ratnapura gives you an opportunity to view the hard delicate work of our workman There is a route to Sri Pada from Ratnapura direction. Excursions include Sinharaja Forest and Uda Walawe Wild Life Park. The route towards hill country is beautiful. The surrounding area is a popular trekking destination and a good place for bird watching. Visit traditional gem mining and cutting operations

We organize custom tailored and guided field buying trips for individuals or very small groups to those willing to take advantage of a rare opportunity to examine and purchase gems directly from their source. In Ratnapura you will be afforded the opportunity to interact directly with the Sri Lankan gem miners and local gem dealers under the guidance of ARAVA.

We are also equipped to handle all of your requirements including gem testing, gem cutting, meals and accommodations, transportation, customs, banking, shipping and more.


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