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Tassamaharma is a city in Sri Lanka.

bus from ella to kataragama via tissamaharama timetable is 12:40pm 2:00pm and 3:30pm


Tissa is a gateway to Yala National Park. It is a charming village with lots of scenery and some ancient archaeological ruins.

Get in[edit]

Cinnamon Air has daily, expensive, flights to Weerawila airport.

There are no trains that come out here yet.

There are regular buses from most major cities in the south. Expect about a 4-5 hour journey if coming from Galle. Busses coming from the north, unless they are direct, will drop you at the Weerawila Junction. From there, a tuk-tuk to town costs around 200/300 LKR to town/your hotel; but you can also wait for the next line 32 coming from Colombo and going to Tissa bus stand and finally Kataragama. At the junction, there are several touts for hotel and safari combinations; some aren't a bad deal, so long as you know what you want and can bargain hard.

Get around[edit]

It is mostly walkable. You may also take local buses with the help of friendly villagers. As normal in Sri Lanka, a tuk-tuk is never far away.

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Take a walk around Lake Tissa and the surrounding wet lands. It is full of all sorts of wild life. There are small dirt roads that take you through farm fields and modest homes. It is a great way to see how real Sri Lankans live. Along the main lake, there are often locals fishing with cane poles. Right behind them another person is breading and frying these tasty morsel to sell to anyone passing by. Stay out of the water though as crocodiles are masters of camouflage. When the weather is good, it is a great way to pass the time, while waiting for others to join your safari party or is a budget way to taste the tip of what Yala National Park has to offer.

Update dec 2019 Do not go in saphari here . Everybody is offering the saphari for 6000-6500 but they only go in the block one of the park. Very very crowdy , and u cannot see much. Do not pay in advance for saphari, AND DO NOT GO IF IT RAINS. If raining u wont see anything except the courtains of the jeep. U gonna just waist youre money but most important u re time. For a real saphari go in Kataragama. There u gonna visit the blocks from the park which are wilder. On the road to Kataragama to Buttala u will even see elephants on the road.

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  • K Holiday Resort, Aluthgoda Road (In the town center, close to bus stand), 047-2239304. AC and very cheap, simple non AC rooms with attached bathroom, big communal balcony, recently opened by a motivated couple. They can arrange tours, but are not at all tour-pushy as most of the competitors. One of the few places in Sri Lanka you can have a conversation with a female host in good english. A restaurant will be opened in spring 2012. from Rs 1000.  edit
  • Mihisara Lake View Guesthouse, No. 257-5 Debarwewa,Tissamaharama, 094777003337. The 6 well appointed rooms of the Mihisara Lake View Guesthouse are all en-suite and fitted with hot water. A/C rooms are available. Food and service is exquisite and cheap Jeep tours can be arranged to Yala National Park. Well worth the stay.  edit
  • Hotel Tissa, Main Street, Tissamaharama (Right on the beginning of main street). checkout: 11AM. Central hotel close to the bus and train station. Operated by a very friendly and helpful family. Rooms are ok and relatively clean. Restaurant serves a small, but freshly cooked menu for affordable prices (400-600 Rs for a curry). 1000-2500 Rs.  edit
  • Pala Hotel, Kataragama Road (15 minute walk to town), 047-223-7648. Free wifi, private bathrooms with hot water. The rooms are spotless and spacious. Run by a local man by the name of Karunapala, aka "Pala" for short. They also have a restaurant serving western, eastern, and Chinese food. Single with fan/AC: 2000/3500; Double with fan/AC: 2000/3500; Triple with fan: 5000 LKR. Prices are negotiable during low season..  edit
  • Roots Restaurant and Rooms, Downtown Tissa, 047-223-9755. A small place with a few budget rooms above a mostly local restaurant. No wifi. Single with fan: 1000; Double with fan: 1200..  edit
  • Traveller's Safari Inn & Restaurant, Behind the bus station, downtown Tissa, 047-223-9606; 077-784-2656, [1]. Free wifi. Rooms have private bathrooms with hot water. Single with fan/AC: 1200/2800 LKR; Double with fan/AC: 2000/2800..  edit
  • Taprobana, (Kataragama Road, opposite the Safari, near the lake.), 077-605-7587; 072-834-4143, [2]. Newly opened, this place is still a work in progress. There are two simple rooms with private bathroom and shared patio. No wifi or hotwater. The ground floor is a restaurant serving eastern dishes starting at 250 LKR. The very friendly manager, Joseph, may be adding a dormitory some time soon. Single or Double with fan: 1500..  edit
  • Yala Leopard Paradise Safari & Guesthouse (Metthe's Place), Rubberwatte Road (Close to the main bus station), 094777842656, [3]. A small family owned guesthouse with three rooms (fan-1500/AC-2500) that offers different kinds of safari’s and tours, such as half day, full day, night safari’s and Kataragama evening tour. The owner, Metthe, is a a great person to have a conversation with and truely enjoys being a driver and guide and spending time at Yala National Park. Book in advance and book directly with him to have better prices, which can also be checked in his website. Good Internet conecction. 1500/2500. (6.275145,81.287350) edit
  • Kithala Resort, Kataragama Road,Tissamaharama, +94 047 2237206 (), [4]. The Resort consists of 39 Deluxe Rooms and 01 Suite with balconies overlooking lush paddy fields.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Locals that hang around the bus station will try to convince you that there is no bus or a very difficult connection to where you’re going e.g. Aruguam Bay. Do not believe them or even talk to them. Their only goal is to scam you into a private taxi. Once you make a deal with them about a price for a taxi they will charge a crazy high ‘deposit’ of more than half the price for the taxi. However they will keep this money and don’t give anything to the taxidriver. Once you get in the taxi the driver will stop and ask for money. The remaining amount will not be enough and he will get angry. Just don’t talk to the locals who want to ‘help’ you or try to sell a taxi around the bus station.



  • Sakura communications is a comfortable air-conditioned cafe with good prices. They are around the corner from the bus station next to Commercial Bank.

Get out[edit]

Busses run into/out of Tissa along Kateragama Road and they can be flagged down from any point. Buses to Colombo pass by twice hourly for most of the day. The journey from Tissa to Colombo takes 8 hours and costs 460 LKR. It is route 32 and makes stops in all the major towns (you can ask to be let off at any point). The bus from Tissa stops in Tangalle (2 hours), Matara (3 hours), Galle (4 hours), Hikkaduwa (4.5 hours), etc. If you are staying at a hotel in south Colombo, you can ask the driver to drop you off along Galle Road (it helps if you know exactly where you are going or have a hotel card to show him), otherwise the bus continues to the main bus terminal.

If you are going north, you can catch the bus from the Panigamo Junction about 5 km from town (a tuk-tuk is 200-300 LKR). Busses to Ella take 3-4 hours, via Wellawaya. If you are going to Kandy you must change in Wellawaya and again in Badulla.

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