Historical Places - 'Culture'

Sithul Pawwa

'Sithul Pawwa' the pride of the Deep South, It is located 18 miles along the Tissamaharama-Yodhakandiya Road towards the Yala sanctuary. It is in the Tissamaharama District Secretariat Division in Hambantota district. The modern name Sithulpawwa is derived from the ancient 'Cittalpabbata', 'The hill of the quiet mind'.  

In the Chronicles and in inscriptions this is known as Cittalapabbata Vihara built by King Kavantissa (100-140 B.C.). Mahavamsa states that King Kavantissa had constructed a fully fledged monastery comprising Alms Halls, Preaching Halls etc. and had held religious observances for seven days before bestowing it to the Maha Sangha. Cittalapabbata Vihara in Rohana could be considered a maha vihara (great monastery) similar to the Mahavihara (Great Monastery) in Anuradhapura.



Tissamaharama : In ancient times the southeastern region of Sri Lanka was known as Rohana and was often independent from Anuradhapura. The capital of the principality was Mahagama, now known as Tissamaharama, which could be considered a smaller version of Anuradhapura. In the middle of the modern town is the huge Tissamaharama Stupa with its characteristic conical spire. The Tissa temple has been fully restored and at its pinnacle stands a spike covered in gold which was rescued from the sand by local Buddhists.

This beautiful and peaceful temple was built during the reign of King Kavantissa, the father of King Dutugamunu. The cell stone scripts say that the sacred left tooth relic of Lord Buddha was placed as a “nidana” here. Legend has it that Buddha visited Tissamaharama on his third visit to the island. Pilgrims also visit Sandagiri dagoba, Yatala dagoba and Menik dagoba in the vicinity.

National Parks - 'Wild'

Yala National Park

Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names such as, Ruhuna National Park (block 1) and Kumana National Park or 'Yala East' for the adjoining area. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi) and is located about 300 kilometres (190 mi) from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds.

Bundala National Park

Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. Bundala harbors 197 species of Birds, the highlight being the Greater Flamingo, which migrate in large flocks.Bundala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and redesignated to a national park on 4 January 1993.In 1991 Bundala became the first wetland to be declared as a Ramsar site in Sri Lanka. In 2005 the national park was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, the fourth biosphere reserve in Sri Lanka.The national park is situated 245 kilometres (152 mi) southeast of Colombo.

Sports Events - 'Leisure'

Sooriyawewa Interenational Cricket Stadium

Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium is a cricket stadium in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. It was built for the 2011 Cricket World Cup and hosted two matches, the first being Sri Lanka against Canada, on 20 February 2011. The stadium has a capacity of 35,000 people.

This International Cricket Stadium at Sooriyawewa was part of the government’s programme to develop sports in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka as part of the government’s plan to transform Hambantota into the second major urban hub of Sri Lanka, away from Colombo.

Carlton Super Cross

Carlton Super Sports Festival will be held at Tissamaharama in March every year. The Sports festival will be comprised of Mountain Biking, Tug of War, Rowing, Boxing, Triathlon, 4X4 Safari Para Motoring Display and many more exciting events.

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