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"Historical City of Lakes!"

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Tissamaharama is a town in the southern province of Sri Lanka, located 270 km from Colombo. The city is an interface for tourist expeditions as it is the starting point for visits to Yala National Park and Kataragama.

The town holds artefacts from the past and has historical icons which include three ancient stupas, old reservoirs and five major lakes including the Tissa Wewa.

Paddy fields bound the northern part of the city. Car drives along the beautiful lake and countryside of Tissamaharama are spectacular. The sightseeing places in the historic town are aplenty including the Tissawewa and the Sithulpawwa rock temple, Tissa Dagoba, Yatala Wehera, Debarawewa clock tower and the Bundala birds paradise.

Five major lakes in the locale of Tissamaharama are the Tissa Wewa; Yoda Wewa; Weerawila Wewa; Pannegamuwa Wewa; and Debarawewa Wewa. Thus 'Tissa' as the locals call it is a perfect marriage of nature and antiquity! Tissa falls under the classification of the 16 holy islands of Sri Lanka as it played a significant role in uplifting and enthroning Buddhism in the heart of its people.

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History of Tissamaharama

Also known as Mahagama in the ancient times, Prince Mahanaga, the brother of King Devanampiya Tissa, founded Tissamaharama during the 3rd century B.C. It was the capital city of the Sinhalese Kingdom of Ruhuna. The kingdom rose to prominence during the reign of Kavantissa, and it was during this time that it hosted around 12,000 Arahats (monks). Gifts sent by Emperor Asoka to King Devanampiyatissa were enshrined in the Sandagiri Stupa. Archaeological evidence and excavations of 2010 show the presence of early Tamils living in Tissamaharama. Tissawewa, an artificial irrigation system, also dates back to this time

Restaurants and Local Food at Tissamaharama

The Muthu restaurant, Green Hut restaurant, Flavours restaurant, New Cabana restaurant, Calorian restaurant, Sawsiri restaurant are some renowned food joints in Tissa. They cater to all taste preferences of the people. Continental, Oriental, fast food and local Sri Lankan cuisine – they serve it all. Food in Tissa is reasonably priced; an average meal for two costs around LKR 400.

Getting Around Tissamaharama

There are two ways to reach Tissa - A2 Southern main road travelling via Galle and Hambantota; the Southern Expressway up to Galle and then further South. Tuk-tuks and cabs are the modes of transportation in the town. A tuk-tuk tour of the whole city ranges beyond LKR 7385, a cab drive costs above LKR 18100. Yala Safaris Private tours – 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM; Phone: +94 772972639 Shehan Safari Private Jeep Tours – Open 24 hours Phone: +94 773479723

Flora and Fauna at Tissamaharama

On the safari in the nearby Yala National Park, leopards, elephants, crocodiles and many species of birds are abundant. Threatened Spot-billed Pelican and Watercock, three species of Bittern - Yellow, Black and Cinnamon, Greater Painted Snipe, species of herons are some birds here. They are a rare sight in the African and Asian continents, which were spotted here. The Giant Fruit Bats come out once it's dark, the British magnolia trees can be found near the Tissa reservoir.

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What is the best time to visit Tissamaharama?

December to April is the best time to visit Tissamaharama. The town is hot from April to June and sees spells of rain in October and November. The area gets chilly in winters - December to early March. The overall temperature lies between 22°C and 33°C; at its lowest, it drops to 19°C.
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What are the places near Tissamaharama?

The top places near to Tissamaharama are Nuwara eliya which is 92 km from Tissamaharama, Galle which is located 120 km from Tissamaharama, Colombo which is located 173 km from Tissamaharama, Kandy which is located 133 km from Tissamaharama, Sigiriya which is located 195 km from Tissamaharama

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