The Sanctuary at Tissawewa, being located on a fringe of the ancient city of Anuradhapura, the guests therein are afforded an opportunity to explore numerous cultural monuments in few minutes walk: stupas, reservoirs, Sacred Bodhi Tree, museums, temples and ancient bathing ponds.
Here is an unrivaled opportunity to immerse yourself in the glorious ancient world of the Sinhalese while enjoying a touch of British colonial living. The Sanctuary at Tissawewa is a two-storied, tiled-roofed colonial building built by the British in 1907 and renovated in the year 2005. Tissa Wewa reservoir bringing in cooling breeze into the 11 acres of hotel garden, the hotel is perfectly located to counter the hot and dry climate at Anuradhapura.
Offering beautiful views of the 'Tisa Wewa Reservoir' and within close proximity to the archaeological site of Anuradhapura, The Sanctuary at Tissawewa is located proudly in which was once the Royal Pleasure Gardens of the old capital. The journey from Colombo takes about 5 - 6 hours while the distance is approximately 206km. Once the capital of ancient Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura is located in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka while the city can be reached via the Colombo - Anuradhapura Railway line and the Colombo - Kurunegala - Anuradhapura main motor way.
Accommodation at The Sanctuary at Tissawewa consists of 18 standard individual rooms. Some of the rooms are air-conditioned while you can request according to your preferences. All rooms consist of overhead ceiling fans while the rooms are charming and spacious for a relaxed holiday. The rooms are also equipped with mosquito nets, table and chair, lamps and space for your essentials and clothing.
A former Dutch Governor's Residence, The Sanctuary at Tissawewa has been given a slight facelift and restored radiating its former charm. Wooden flooring and many antique furnishings as well as the exterior of the property depict the sovereignty of a bygone era. The rest house boasts of a dining room where guests can savour Sri Lankan, Western and a number of other Eastern delights. A popular specialty is the unique herb soups that are available here. Other facilities of The Sanctuary at Tissawewa includes a TV lounge, laundry facilities, doctor on call, foreign currency encashment and bicycles for hire.
The city of Anuradhapura is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to a large number of well preserved historically relevant ruins, renovated monuments of religious importance and magnificent manmade rainwater reservoirs and lakes. The city is visited by throngs of devotees annually while the main attractions include the 'Sri Maha Bodiya', 'the Brazen Palace', 'Ruwanvalisaya Stupa', 'the Citadel' etc. With time in hand, there are many villages and beautiful sites that you can explore riding a bicycle or by foot.