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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Attractions near Tissamaharama -Nature at its very best

Named after the Tissa-wewa man-made reservoir, Tissamaharama is a beautiful town on the southern coast. Featuring abundant birdlife in a scenic backdrop, the town is a fantastic destination with plenty of history and culture to keep visitors interested.

Yala

Attractions near Tissamaharama | Image Credit - Thimindu Goonatillake from Denver, CC By SA 2.0 via Wikipedia Commons

Yala | Image Credit – Thimindu Goonatillake from Denver, CC By SA 2.0 via Wikipedia Commons

The Yala wildlife sanctuary is without a doubt the town’s biggest attraction. The 2nd largest wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka, Yala gives the island a ‘wild’ touch to it because it prides itself on being the site with the highest leopard density in the world. Safaris in the national park can be organized by Tissamaharama hotels such as the Kithala Resort and several other hotels that are ideally located right nearby.

Sithulpawwa

Sithulpawwa | Image Credit - Llrangaj , CC By SA 3.0 via Wikipedia Commons

Sithulpawwa | Image Credit – Llrangaj , CC By SA 3.0 via Wikipedia Commons

Pay a visit to ‘the hill of the quiet mind’- Chiththala Pabbatha or the Sithulpawwa Rajamaha Viharaya that’s situated deep within the Yala National Park. This ancient Buddhist monastery houses number of rock caves, pagodas, chapter houses, and ponds. The walls of these caves are adorned with many beautiful paintings.

Kirinda Temple

Kirinda Temple | Image Credit - Chamal N, CC By SA 3.0 via Wikipedia Commons

Kirinda Temple | Image Credit – Chamal N, CC By SA 3.0 via Wikipedia Commons

 Kirinda is a small port city located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. The easy access from Yala makes Kirinda one of the most popular destinations for those who are in the neighborhood. The beautiful temple is open all through the year and welcomes visitors both local and foreign.

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