Tissamaharamaya in Hambantota District in the southern province is the centre of variety of important and magnificent places in Sri Lanka. The city is surrounded by chains of mountains such as Kataragama “Wedihiti Kanda” Ranminithenna , Beraligala and Sandhagirigala. Further Sandhagiri stupa , Tissamaharamaya stupa. Yatala and Menikwehera add pre-historical value to this ancient area. Tissamaharamaya the city with endemic beautified by gifts of nature and nature and nature friendly activities of man too. “Weerawila tank” nourished by Udawalawa and Lunugamwehera resourvouirs Pannegamuwa tank, Tissa tank, Yodha tank , Debarawewa tank and silent flow of sqcred “Menik” river and Kirindioya add colour to the city.
Historical Kirindha scenery 1st, 2nd , 3rd parts of Yala National park with boundaries to the coastal belt “Sithulpawwa” on the other side , Tele cinema village, Holy Kataragama , Sella Kataragama, Kiriwehera, bird sanctuary , botanical garden , hot water springs in Madunagala are in the belt of Tissamaharamaya.
This glamorous area is popular among both locals and foreigners due to agriculture, dairy products, fertile fishing industry, potter , gold industry, etc.
The city is located 276km far from Colombo the commercial capital of Sri Lanka and 10 above from the ordinary sea level.
“Aeon hotel” is home to attractive Tissamaharamaya blessed with Lord Buddha and worshipped by millions of Buddhists in and out the country. Also five hundred “Arhat Bikkus” ( Buddhist monks who attained ‘Nibbana’ have lived in monasteries inside the jungles of the area. The hotel is equipped with all the luxuries and comforts including the following benefits.
- Developed road complex inter-connected with all the areas of the country
- Day and night bus service (Normal to semi-luxury)
- High way bus line.
MIRIJJAWILA BOTANICAL GARDEN
Mirijjawila Botanical Garden is one of the five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. The other botanical gardens are Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Hakgala Botanical Garden, Henarathgoda Botanical Garden and Seetawaka Botanical Garden.
Purpose of the garden
- Ex-situ conservation of dry and arid zone plants of Sri Lanka.
- Dry zone landscape improvement.
- Ecotourism promotion.
- Providing knowledge and training on botany and floriculture.
- Promoting medicinal herbs.
- Studies on lesser known and under utilized plants in the dry zone.
YALA NATIONAL PARK
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names such as, Ruhuna National Park and Kumana National Park or ‘Yala East’ for the adjoining area. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi) and is located about 300 kilometres (190 mi) from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds.
MAHAPELESSA HOT SPRINGS
Natural hot springs are located in three areas of Sri Lanka. Mahapelessa Hot spring (also known as Madunagala Hot Spring), lying in the deep south of the Hambantota district. The world over such hot springs were named as healing mineral thermal waters. The reason being that these thermal waters contain medicinal properties to cure ailments like skin eruptions and other rheumatic pains. Even our ancients, particularly the Buddhist monks living in ancient cave hermitages had made the best use of these healing hot springs for body and skin ailments.
KUMANA NATIONAL PARK
Kumana National Park in Sri Lanka is renowned for its avi fauna, particularly its large flocks of migratory waterfowl and wading birds. The park is 391 kilo metres (243 mi) southeast of Colombo on Sri Lanka’s southeastern coast. Kumana is contiguous with Yala National Park. Kumana was formerly known as Yala East National Park, but changed to its present name in 5 September 2006.
BUNDALA NATIONAL PARK
Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. Bundala harbors 197 species of birds, the highlight being the greater flamingo, which migrate in large flocks.Bundala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and redesignated to a national park on 4 January 1993. In 1991 Bundala became the first wetland to be declared as a Ramsar site in Sri Lanka. In 2005 the national park was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, the fourth biosphere reserve in Sri Lanka.[ The national park is situated 245 kilometres (152 mi) southeast of Colombo.