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Tissamaharama (Sri Lanka)

Practical information about Tissamaharama

  • Family
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Lake
  • Place or Religious Monument
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
6hrs by car from Colombo
When to go
From January to September
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Tissamaharama

Anne Vergnaud Travel writer
19 travel articles

Tissa: a place to spend the night before going on safari.

My suggestion:
Go for a walk along the shores of the lake.

When visiting Sri Lanka, it's actually possible to go on a safari at the Yala or Bundala national parks, and Tissamaharama, which lies close to both these nature reserves, is where people often choose to stay. The town is a former ancient capital, though there is little remaining from those times today, except for both the huge, white Buddhist dagoba and another built 2300 years ago.

I was impressed by the kindness of the local inhabitants, who though no doubt used to tourists, have not become indifferent and blasé towards them. After the day on safari, I then spent an enjoyable time walking along the shores of the lake. It's actually a huge artificial lake that provides water that's used to irrigate the crops during the dry season. I saw and observed numerous animals in the lush vegetation; especially egrets, which took flight as I passed by.

The Buddhist dagoba in Tissa