Wednesday, March 16, 2011



TissamaharamaThe small town of Tissamaharama is, unsurprisingly, usually just called Tissa. About 40km (25 miles) north east of Hambantota, it is the most convenient jumping-off point for Ruhuna National Park, to the east, and the Kataragama temple complex.

Right in the centre of the town is an enormous tank, said to have been built some 2300 years ago by the founder of the ancient Sri Lankan kingdom of Ruhuna, Yatalatissa, whose capital was here. Also in the center TissaMaharama Sun setof town are two large dagobas (Buddhist shrines) attributed to Yatalatissa's heir, Kavantissa

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