Ranminithenna Tele-Cinema Village


This studio located halfway between Tissa and Kataragama is only mentioned because some drivers and tours will suggest you visit. Structures meant to recreate colonial Bombay are crumbling in the tough local climate and there's a general air of decay. The foreigner admission fee is pure rip-off.

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1. Sivam Kovil

4.97 MILES

A riverside Hindu temple dedicated to Ganesh, and the first structure you encounter as you enter the holy complex.

2. Tissa Wewa

4.98 MILES

The centrepiece of the town and its surrounds is the lovely Tissa Wewa (Tissa Tank), a huge artificial lake. In the evening, check out the flocks of…

3. Ul-Khizr Mosque

5.02 MILES

The second holy site you see as you pass through the holy compound. This beautiful mosque features intricate coloured tile work and wooden lintels, and…

4. Kataragama Museum


This archaeological museum inside the complex has a collection of Hindu and Buddhist religious items, as well as huge fibreglass replicas of statues from…

5. Maha Devale

5.16 MILES

This is Kataragama's most important shrine. It contains the lance of the six-faced, 12-armed Hindu war god, Murugan (Skanda), who is seen as identical to…

6. Bodhi Tree

5.18 MILES

You'll often find monkeys hanging around this sacred tree.

7. Tissa Dagoba


This large much-restored dagoba looming between Tissa town centre and the wewa is believed to have been originally built around 200 BC by Kavantissa, a…