TISSA
 
  Tissamaharama is sited 264 kms from Colombo in the South-Eastern corner of the Island. Its history runs to pre-Christian era with more archaeological ruins, and more character than any another southern Sri Lankan towns. Although located in the dry zone and surrounded by the barren, windswept land of the Hambantota district, Tissa Wewa was constructed in the pre-Christian era which keeps this town looking green all year round. Tissa was a stronghold for the southern kings of Ruhuna. It’s the vital historical site in southern Sri Lanka.
 
People stay the night over in its good selection of hotels before heading off to the wilds of Yala National Park and the holy jungle shrine of Katharagama. On arriving in Tissa two features will catch your eye; a huge expanse of water and a bright white Dagoba. History details that according to ancient maps, the Tissa Wewa is the largest and oldest of the four artificial tanks (man-made reservoirs) in the area.

The Dagoba is bell-shaped hemisphere is said to represent heaven and the spires, once made of a precious metal. This Dagoba supposedly holds a sacred tooth and a forehead bone relics, and is said to have been built on the site hallowed by the Buddha on his third visit to Sri Lanka. Next to the Dagoba is a small museum and displaying ancient tiles, Buddhist statues, ceramics and even a 2,200-year-old monks’ urinal.

 
This quiet and friendly town is surrounded by bright green paddy fields. The tanks become busy swimming and washing places for locals during weekends. You also can buy fish around the tank and many varieties of snacks. It is such a relaxed and charming place you should not miss.
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