Tissamaharama

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Not to be confused with Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara.
Tissamaharama
Town
View of the artificial Tissa Wewa lake, seen from the Rest House
View of the artificial Tissa Wewa lake, seen from the Rest House
Tissamaharama is located in Sri Lanka
Tissamaharama
Tissamaharama
Location in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 6°17′N 81°17′E / 6.283°N 81.283°E / 6.283; 81.283Coordinates: 6°17′N 81°17′E / 6.283°N 81.283°E / 6.283; 81.283
Country  Sri Lanka
Province Southern Province
District Hambantota District
Time zone +5.30

Tissamaharama (Sinhala තිස්සමහාරාමය [ˈtissəmaˌhaːˈraːməyə]) is a town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka.

History[edit]

An ancient Buddhist dagoba at Tissamaharama

It used to be the capital of the Sinhalese Kingdom of Ruhuna as early as the 3rd century B.C. Only few buildings from that period can still be seen today.

The large artificial Tissa Wewa lake, which was a part of a sophisticated irrigation system, also dates from that time.

Today, the town mainly serves as a starting point for visits to Yala National Park and Kataragama.

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