|Capital||Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte|
|Population||Approximately 21 million|
|Average temperature||27° - 31°C (81° - 88°F)|
|Currency||Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)|
|Languages spoken||Sinhalese, Tamil and English|
Established by a local gemmologist, this impressive private collection of precious stones in Ratnapura (plus quartz, fossils and artefacts) is a good place to learn about gem mining in Sri Lanka.