Location: Belihul Oya is located 160km away from Colombo in the Sabaragamuwa province of Sri Lanka. At the foot of the Central Highlands, 30km west of the hill country resort town of Haputala is Belihul Oya.
Reaching Belihul Oya: Belihul Oya can be reached by main Colombo-Ratnapura-Haputale motor road.
Setting: Belihul Oya, is a scenic little hamlet located midway of the picturesque road connecting Badulla of Central highlands and the valley of Ratnapura. Belihul Oya eases the rest of the road from salubrious climate of highlands into the tropical climate of the Great Plains resulting in a vibrant and rich spot of bio-diversity.
Belihul Oya nature attractions: Belihul Oya is a nature-adventure attraction that provides numerous opportunities for bird watching, trekking, cycling and camping.
Accommodation at Belihul Oya: A string of Rest Houses and Lodges at Belihul Oya is located 4km west of the town.
Excursions from Belihul Oya: Bambarakanda Falls, the highest waterfall in Sri Lanka
Horton Plains World Heritage Site
Ratnapura is the provincial capital of Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka and the Ratnapura District in which the town is situated. Located some 101 km south east of 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 town is known for rice and fruit cultivations. Large plantations of tea and rubber surround the town. Tea grown in this region is called low-country tea. There is a well-established tourism industry in Ratnapura. Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Udawalawe National Park, Kitulgala, and Sri pada are especially popular among tourists.
Most of the large-scale gem businessmen of Sri Lanka operate from Ratnapura. The Rattnapura town depends on the gem trade. The town's agricultural industry is also well developed. Large plantations of tea and rubber surround the town. Although rice fields also used to be a common sight around the town, rice cultivation presently faces an uncertain future in Ratnapura because many farmers are giving up their rice cultivation and switching to gem mining which is a more productive way of earning money.
Special places in Rattnapura: * The mountain Sri Pada -Adam's Peak(Buddhist/Hindu/Islam) * Maha Saman Devala (Buddhist) * Delgamu Viharaya (Buddhist) * Pothgul Viharaya (Buddhist) * SS Peterand Paul's Cathedral (Catholic Church) * St. Luke's Church(Church of England) * Siva Temple (Hindu) * Jumma Mosque (Islam) * Diva Guhava (Buddh
The Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka contains two main cities called Ratnapura and Kegalle. At an elevation of approximately 500 feet above sea level, Ratnapura is the provincial capital of Sabargamuwa. It is 60 miles (100 km) from the main coastal city of Colombo. Province of Sabaragamuwa The gem-mining centre of Sri Lanka is also a major crossroad between southern plains and the hill country to the east.
In Sabaragamuwa province there is a route to Sri Pada from Ratnapura direction. Excursions include Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Udawalawe National Park. The route towards hill country is beautiful. The surrounding area is a popular trekking destination and a good place for bird watching.