The most famous traveller of all times was won over by Sri Lanka’s gems and spices and linen. His famous travel report praises the beauty of the island. He writes, the king owned a ruby the length of a man’s palm and the thickness of his arm. This is one of the exaggarations leaving doubts, whether his accounts can be taken seriously, all the more as such a ruby is mentioned in the seventh voyage of Sindbad, too. Marco Polo reports Khubilai Khan sent an embassy to purchase it, but in vain. Another ambition of the Mongol Emperor was to gain the the Sacred Tooth Relic. The denial caused a Chinese intervention on the island in the Indian Ocean later on.
Marco Polo continued his voyage along the coasts of India. From Persia he travelled back to the Mediterranean Sea and finally arrived in Venice in 1295.