Approx. 260km from Colombo; on the way, in Koggala enjoy visits at the renowned writer Martin Wickramasinghe’s ancestral home and the museum complex which is a gateway to folk culture and whale watching in Mirissa. One hour drive from Tissa to Kataragama, a colorful cultural pageant is held in the Esala season in July/August. Dedicated to war God of Kataragama or Skanda with six heads and twelve alms, was a fulfillment of a vow by Kind Dutugemunu in 2nd century BC after winning the battle with Elara. Savor the authentic pot roast spicy fish (ambul thiyal), its taste relying on culinary skills and ‘curd & treacle’ which is a delectable dessert – the regional cuisines you cannot afford to miss!