Tissamaharama, also known as Tissa, is located in the south-eastern region of Sri Lanka. The area is situated close-by to the national parks of Yala and Bundala. Tissamaharama is home to the Raja Maha Vihara, also known as Tissa Dagoba, one of four Buddhist monasteries in Sri Lanka, which is located in the middle of an impressive amount of paddy fields. Also within Tissa is Yatala Wehera, an ancient Buddhist stupa which was built over 2,300 years ago.
Sri Lanka has a typically tropical climate, temperature and humidity (approx 70%) remain high all year round, although on the coast a light coastal breeze makes this heat comfortable. Inland, the heat is significantly reduced due to the higher altitude. Rainfall is highest in May, and in Oct/Nov. The south-western coast has higher rainfall than the rest of the country, although many people find this a refreshing break, generally this occurs in the afternoon and is accompanied by thunder. The highest rainfall occurs in May (371mm) and the lowest is Feb (69mm). There is an average of 6-8 hours of sunshine per day, all year round.