With a mining industry more than 2,500 years old, Sri Lanka has been known since antiquity as RatnaDeepa, the “Island of Gems.” It is home to 40 gem varieties out of a total of 85 in the world. Amongst these precious gemstones ,Moonstone are famous moon stones that have high demand ,and for the best moon stones one must take a trip down to Meetiyagoda Moon Stone mine. The Moonstone Mine is located in the southern part of the paradise island, this is an ideal place of visit for those who are interested in the mining of moon stones. This Moonstone Mine is one place with a very high concentration of these stones. The AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa is a luxury hotel, and is a unique Bentota Hotel.The AVANI Resort & Spa is situated right in front of the dazzling turquoise ocean and offers fabulous par anomic views from the rooms. The rooms at the hotel are spacious, elegant and comfortable. Guests will be treated to a plethora of seafood and exquisite local cuisine that have been expertly prepared by the chefs.
The villagers are firm believers that the reason for this high concentration of stones is as a result of a blessing by the moon and are proud of the representation it brings to this beautiful village of Meetiyagoda. Meetiyagoda is dotted with gem traders and boards on the roadside boast of “the world’s one and only natural mine.”he first moonstone deposit at Meetiyagoda was discovered over 100 years ago when a worker in a bungalow spotted some shining stones. Word spread and drew traders from Ratnapura triggering the moonstone rush. Guests can see the fascinating process of filtering out the precious stones, cutting them up and polishing them up ready for sale. At the Moonstone Factory you can see or even go down into a narrow shaft where the stones are mined.The visitor center at the Moonstone Mine will provide information relative to the stones while the gift shop on the premises sells moonstones along with other gems like topaz, garnets, tiger eye and tourmaline.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.