You might not know that Yala National Park is not the only place to visit when you are in the sprawling city of Tissa. Let’s take a look at some other places you can visit.
Yala National Park
The national park is almost 98,000 hectares of diverse wildlife. You can learn more about leopard conservation and take a safari into the plains to see elephants, sloth bears and more.
Buduruwagala is a 15m tall façade on a rock face that is carved in the likeness of Buddha. It is almost 1000 years old.
If you are staying at a local resort the likes of Uga Chena Huts, drive up to Okanda Devalaya on your way to Kumana National Park for a bit of bird-watching. There are some folk tales to listen to.
Before entering the 4th block of the national park, you will come across Kebiliththa. It is a religious site for both Buddhists and Hindus. It is one of the places you must visit if you are looking for things to do in Yala.
Once believed to have been a gigantic monastic complex home to 12,000 monks, Sithulpawwa showcases the ruins of a kingdom 2,200 years old.
Magul Maha Vihara
A romantic location, Magul Maha Vihara is said to be where King Kavantissa and Queen Vihara Maha Devi got married. Their story is an epic historical romance.