The Tissamaharama Lake is a man made lake which is thought to have been constructed in the 3rd Century BC, either by Mahanaga of Ruhuna or his successor YatalaTissa of Ruhuna , in order to irrigate paddy lands and supply water to the flourishing ancient city of Tissamaharama . Tissamaharama is one of the most pleasant towns in the southern coast of Sri Lanka. “TissaWewa” with its remarkable bird life provides a scenic area. Tissamaharama was the sanctuary in the Deep South, where Sinhalese patriots fled to rally support against marauding Dravidian invaders from Southern India. The location is a one and a half hour drive from Golden Pearl Tangalle Beach and the distance is 70km.