A drive towards the south east through Hambantota takes you to the rural town of Tissamaharama known in ancient times as Mahagama. The road to the Yala National Park and Kataragama passes through this town. There are several archaeological ruins and temples that mark Tissamaharama certainly worth a visit. The town is bounded by a vast and beautiful expanse of lush paddy fields. In the midst of these paddy fields stands the ancient and most impressive Tissa Dagoba (stupa) now restored to its former glory. It is believed that the Lord Buddha visited Tissamaharama on his third visit to Sri Lanka and that a sacred tooth relic and a forehead bone relic are enshrined in a Dagoba here. As such Tissamaharama is considered sacred to Buddhists.