Tissamaharama is a small town in South-eastern Sri Lanka that is visited by tourists for its heritage sites. Tissamaharama, earlier known as Mahagama, was the capital of Sinhalese kingdom of Ruhuna in the early 3rd century B.C. There are several old archaeological monuments and temples here that are surrounded by paddy fields. A must visit for tourists in Tissamaharama is Tissa Wewa, a man made reservoir that provides a breath taking scenic view with ample opportunity to watch rare birds.
Tissamaharama is also used by travelers as a starting point to visit Yala National Park.
Tissamaharama, earlier known by the name Mahagama, was the capital and main settlement of the southern kingdom of Ruhuna. The town of Mahagama was founded by King Devanam Piya Tissa. The town gained its major popularity under the reign of King Kavantissa.