Tissamaharama is a town in southeast Sri Lanka.


Tissa is a gateway to Yala National Park. It is a charming village with lots of scenery and some ancient archaeological ruins, dating back from the 3rd century BCE when it was the capital of the Sinhalese Kingdom of Ruhuna.

An ancient Buddhist dagoba located in Tissamaharama

Get in

There are no trains that come out here yet. There are regular buses from most major cities in the south. Expect about a 4-5 hour journey if coming from Galle.

Get around

It is mostly walkable. You may also take local buses with the help of friendly villagers. As normal in Sri Lanka, a tuk-tuk is never far away.



Most of the cheaper accommodations are possibly located at the clocktower. If you getting off at the bus station expect to face some aggressive touts.



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