GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT TOUR
Sri Lanka is one of the biggest gem producers in the world and is famous for its blue sapphires. Gems are extracted and shaped on site, then exported to the greatest jewelers in the world. Our travel experts invite you to discover Sri Lanka’s rich culture and lush nature while learning about the gem field. From the mines to the jewelers, professionals will share their passion and knowledge with you.
Airport / Beruwala
Arrive at Bandaranaike Airport, where our representative welcomes you. After a southbound 3 hours’ drive you will reach Beruwela, where you will be transferred to your hotel to relax after your long trip. Watersports activities or a boat ride on the lagoon can be enjoyed for those who want to explore. Have dinner at the hotel and leave all stress behind.
In the morning after having breakfast you’ll visit the Beruwala gem market. You will find buyers and sellers for various gemstones here. Then we head to the Fairgems Girls School, where the director will welcome you and show you around. Meet the girls studying the gem trade and chat with them about their school life. After lunch with the students, join them for a gem cutting lesson. First learn some theory, and then it is time to practice! You start with a rough stone, and gradually give it shape using professional tools. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Beruwala / Galle
After breakfast, you return back to the school for your lesson number two in stone cutting, which is called faceting. At the end of the training you finish with a teacher demonstration in polishing the gemstones. The stone is now ready to be set into beautiful jewelries. Stop for lunch on the way before arriving at your hotel near Galle. In the afternoon, visit the Galle Fort and stroll through the lanes full of shops, designer’s boutiques and jewelries. Return for dinner at the hotel and overnight.
Galle / Yala
Head to the east of the country to visit Yala national park. Check in at your hotel, then go for an afternoon safari guided by a naturalist guide. This huge park has a large variety of animals, including leopards, elephants, crocodiles, bears, wild boars, mongooses, monkeys, spotted deer and birds. What animals you see on a safari depends, in part, on the experience of your guide and a good measure of luck! Have your camera ready and look carefully by the watering holes, where the animals gather to drink at dawn and dusk. Transfer to your hotel and have dinner.
Yala / Kataragama
In the morning after your breakfast, you visit a gem mine in Kataragama. You will have the opportunity to discover the extraction methods, especially the techniques with tools like conical-shaped basket sieve (basket shaped tool), which separates gravel and mud from potential gems. Enjoy a good lunch at a close by local restaurant. Enjoy your free time in the afternoon. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Kataragama / Rathnapura
After your breakfast, we head to the capital city for gems Rathnapura. You will visit the Ratnapura Gem Bureau and get more information on gems. Then you will be heading towards the Gem Museum & Laboratory. Later you will be taken to rural mines, there’s a good display of local minerals and gems, as well as information on mining and polishing. Return for dinner at the hotel and overnight.
Rathnapura / Colombo
You will be on the drive back to Colombo after breakfast. The morning is dedicated to shopping and a visit to the areas of Colombo fort and Pettah market, to explore the colonial architecture with its Dutch and Portuguese influences. Stop for lunch at the restored Dutch hospital in the fort area, built in the 17th century. Visit also the Dutch period museum in Pettah. Then transfer to the international airport and end of your journey.