RATNAPURA (i.e. " The City of Gems "), the chief town in the province of Sabaragamuwa, Ceylon. It is the centre of a long established industry in digging for precious stones rubies, sapphires, cat's-eyes, etc. There is also much rice and fruit cultivation and planting of tea in the district. . Pop. of town (1901) 4084; of district 132,964.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)