Tissa Wewa, Tissamaharama

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The lake, an artificial reservoir, is thought to have been constructed in the 3rd Century BC, either by Mahanaga of Ruhuna or his successor Yatala Tissa of Ruhuna, in order to irrigate paddy lands and supply water to the flourishing city of Tissamaharama.The lake was restored in 1871 . The embankment (or bund) on the southern shore supports the Tissa-Kataragama road (B464), which is lined by old Indian rain trees planted by the British to provide shade.
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  • You can take boat trips on this lake, I arranged mine with a local fisherman (Nuwan), who sells fish besides where the safari drivers congregate. I arranged a price - 2500 rupees ( £12.50) for about 1...  more »
  • its a gorgeous lake and with stunning view superb. we had a long wall around the lake its was really awesome.  more »
  • Our hosts took us by the lake during the sunset. We were amazed by the view! The bats were flying away to the village... there were soo many of them making strange noise. You will love it.  more »

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Where to stay in Tissamaharama

Frequently visited for its great archeological heritage and national parks, Tissamaharama has a variety of mid-range hotels and guesthouses scattered around town. Many hotels follow the B464 Road, grouping around the southern shore of Tissa Lake, which serves as a place to stay if you want to head on a safari trip. A few four-star luxurious hotels sit on the shores of Yoda Lake, which also offers a few mid-range guesthouses. Budget accommodation can be found everywhere around town, with some hostels closer to the safari area.
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