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‘Tissa Resort’ - Between cultural and wilderness

By Sanath Weerasuriya, Pix by Shan Bandu Weerasinghe

Tissamaharama apart from being a historical city, it is a major destination for travellers. Tissa has become a base for religious, cultural, wildlife and adventure tourism destinations of the Deep South.
Historically important Tissa is centrally located to reach out for destinations like Kataragama, Yala, Bundala, Kirinde, Thanamalwila and Hambantota.

Manager Dinesh Perera

With the latest additions to the city of Hambantota, Tissa has now become easily accessible destination. The most popular and the much respected place of lodging in Tissamaharama is the Tissa Resort, managed by Ceylon Hotel’s Corporation (CHC). Ceylon Hotels Corporation, having commenced business in 1967, boasts a diverse collection of 19 hotels, rest houses, resorts and restaurants throughout Sri Lanka, many of which offer an old world charm. Tissa Resort is one of the oldest, resting places on the CHC.

Tissa Resort is the biggest property of the Ceylon Hotel’s Corporation, which is beautifully located on the banks of ancient Tissa Wewa. Tissa Wewa (Tank) was built by King Kavantissa about 2300 years ago. A low parapet wall skirts the bank of the wewa and has lamps all along it - a very pretty sight at night.

Originally, a Rest House of eight acre land, this pleasant two-storey structure still manages to retain its informal, intimate atmosphere despite the addition of swimming pool, several new rooms and an in-house shop, which provides all the basic amenities as well as gift items.

The total room capacity of the Resort is fifty two and 14 rooms and three family rooms are now under the refurbishment programme to be up lift to the superior status. 35 rooms have already been upgraded with A/C, TV, mini bar, IDD facilities and piped music. All the rooms have balconies that overlook the wewa.

35 air conditioned rooms, are divided into the categories of Standard, Family Rooms and Suites.
‘The main restaurant overlooking the wewa, can accomodate about 100pax’ said the Manager of the Resort Dinesh Perera ‘CHC is very much concerned of the disabled people and the ground floor has the facilities to accommodate wheel chair users’ he added.

The restaurant also serves Western and Sri Lankan cuisine and the guests have the choice of eating inside or down by the pool. The garden has plenty to shade, most of it provided by a majestic old Bo tree.

Tissa Resort is not only a place for Sri Lankan visitors,but many foreigners visit on their way to Kataragama or nature lover to the popular Yala National park. ‘The Swimming pool is on a raised level that doesn’t have any obstruction for sun worshippers who want to work on their tans’ he said.

‘The excursion is a part and parcel of our package and we arrange day tours to Yala, Bundala, Kalametiya , Bandarawela , World’s End and Horton Plains or Buduruwagala.Over night tours to Handapangala Kumana and Panama too are now possible’ said the Senior Marketing Manager of the Corporation Ranjith Balasuriya

The charges of the Resort range from Rs. 1800/- (room only) to Rs. 7500/- (full board/double). Family suites ranges from Rs.4050/- to 9450/-

For more details log on to or call 5585858 at CHC Travel Bureau.

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