Attractions near Tissamaharama – Exploring Historic Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama is a tranquil, quiet town on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. If you hear someone talk of ‘Tissa’ in relation to a place, they are referring to Tissamaharama. Hotels and resorts such as Kithala Resort have cropped up as the popularity of neighbouring Yala and Bundala National Parks have grown in recent times.

Attractions near Tissamaharama | Image Credit - Luboš Holič, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia Commons

Attractions near Tissamaharama | Image Credit – Luboš Holič, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia Commons

History of Tissamaharama

A lush land of exotic wilderness and glistening paddy fields Tissamaharama located in the north-central region of Sri Lanka is a nature lover’s paradise. Predominantly known as the gateway to the Yala National Park the city was founded by Prince Mahanaga in the 3rd century BC.

Tissamaharama Raja Maha Viharaya

The Raja Maha Viharaya – Temple – was constructed by King Kavantissa in the 2ndcentury BC. It is a very sacred site that is believed to have been blessed by the Lord Buddha himself who spent many days there in meditation together with 500 Arahat Monks. These monks are said to have all attained enlightenment.

Yatala Dagaba

The scenic locale of the Yatala Dagaba is found a few minutes from the man-made Tissa Wewa – tank – it is located within the ancient ruins of a monastery known as Galkanunmandiya. This too was constructed under the guidance of Prince Mahanaga in the 3rd century BC.

Sandagiri Dagaba

The Sandagiri or Santagiri built by Prince Mahanaga in the 3rd century BC is quite rightly the largest Buddhist monument in Tissa. It is an impressive 55 metres in height measuring a circumference of 165 metres and sits in the middle of a gorgeous paddy field.

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Cycling in Abu Dhabi – Top Trails for Cyclers Exploring Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is a dream destination for the riders on two wheels. Finding out where to go cycling in Abu Dhabi is the first thing you should do when you are in this country.

Yas Marina Circuit

Yas Island is a great stop for cyclists, with specially built modern cycling pathways, detailed maps of the routes, signboards, shaded rest areas, and water stations. Visitors based at places such as Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts, which is an Abu Dhabi beach resort will have easy access to this cycling track.

AUD Green Routes

Often regarded as family cycling trails the AUD Green Routes are a series of designated cycling trails located in several areas of Abu Dhabi. This includes Mohammed Bin Zayed City, Khalifa City, Yas Island and Al Zeina where green-hued pavements have been put in place for safe cycling activities.

The Corniche

Perfect for those who wish to cycle past ocean vistas and experience one of the city’s most popular recreational hubs at the same time, a cycling trail laid out across the Abu Dhabi Corniche is an easy track suitable for cyclists of all ages.

Al Maha to Madinat Zayed

Road bikers looking for a challenge can take the popular biking trail from Al Maha to Madinat Zayed. A whopping 26 miles long this trail is suitable for seasoned cyclists only.

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A Guide on River Safaris in Sri Lanka – Say YES to Adventure

Sri Lanka is blessed with rivers, lakes, waterfalls and more. Embarking on a river safari in Sri Lanka is definitely a great way to explore the island’s natural beauty along with the wondrous flora and fauna that thrives here.

The Bentota River

The Madu River is located in Bentota, the sunny coastal town in the south of the island. If you’re staying at AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa or any other resort in Bentota, you can easily arrange a river safari ride along the thick mangroves.

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Hafiz Issadeen (YIM Hafiz), Dharga Town, Sri Lanka (https://www.flickr.com/photos/yimhafiz/), Bentota riverCC BY 2.0

Gregory Lake

Gregory Lake is located in the chilly hill city of Nuwara Eliya. It was built under the governance of the British by Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. This lake has been used for watersports, safaris, etc.

Koggala Lake

Located on the south coast, in close proximity to Galle, Koggala lake is complete with rocky islands, thick shrubs and wildlife. There are around 8 small islands that can be accessed by a boat safari.

Madol Dowa Island

Also located in the south of Sri Lanka, Madol Dowa island is located inside a mangrove type lagoon teeming with birds and prawns.

Madu Ganga

The Madu River, in the south of the island; in Galle is a natural paradise. Covered in thick mangroves that houses a myriad of flora and fauna, embark on this river safari to discover Sri Lanka’s beauty.

Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media. Google+