Tissamaharama is one of the most pleasant towns in the south. Tissa's main attraction is as a base for trips to the nearby national parks of Yala and Bundala or the temple town of Kataragama, but it's an agreeable place in its own right, with a handful of monuments testifying to the town's important place in early Sri Lankan history when, under the name of Mahagama, it was one of the principal settlements of the southern province of Ruhunu.

Beyond Bundala National Park the main highway turns away from the coast towards the town of Tissamharama