Take a trip down Sri Lankas rich culture and heritage in Tissamaharama named after King Kavantissa in the 2nd century B.C. There are some amazing ancient religious sites to visit including Santagiri or Sandagiri Dagaba, Yatala Dagoba, Manik stupa and the mahastupa and the archeological Museum in Tissamaharam is sure to give you a glimpse of the ancient Ruhunu kingdom. The town is considered the base site for trips that leads to Kataragama and both Bundala and Yala national parks. The Tisawewa and Debarawewa lakes are jewels to this sacred city crowded by tourists and locals throughout the year.