Wildlife enthusiasts will be particularly taken by Kithala Resort, which has a restful location close to the Tissmaharama tank. From your private balcony, relax on colonial-style cane chairs and watch an array of birds in the nearby rice fields, as well as the timeless rituals of paddy farming. Kithala’s facilities will ensure that nature lovers will find no longer have to forego home comforts. This unpretentious, yet friendly and well-maintained hotel was refurbished in 2013. Families with children are welcome.
There are 40 well appointed rooms with private balconies overlooking paddy fields. Interiors are furnished with twin or double beds and writing desk. In-room facilities include a/c, overhead fans, mini-bar, tea/coffee facility, in-room safe, LCD TV with satellite channels and ensuite bathrooms with h/w rain head showers. Baby cots and additional beds are available on request.
Dine on Sri Lankan rice and curries cooked according to traditional southern recipes at the main restaurant. Relax by the poolside overlooking the lush green paddy fields. Other hotel facilities include a bar serving wines and cocktails, TV lounge, WiFi internet, children’s pool and play area; indoor games and pool table; 24-hour room service, laundry service and doctor-on-call.
Why We Like It
The second-floor rooms have relaxing views across the garden and paddy fields beyond
Theme Resorts & Spas do much to conserve the environment in Sri Lanka, and were previously awarded the title of ‘Sustainability Rising Star’ at ACES (Asia’s Corporate Excellence and Sustainability Awards). Their projects range from a commitment to using renewable energy and comprehensive waste management systems to more unique initiatives such as involving the staff in local agro-tourism. Theme Resorts employees are actively encouraged to understand and take part in the company’s sustainability initiatives.
Kithala Resort is a 40 room holiday retreat situated in Tissamaharama in the deep south. This three-star hotel is well placed to explore Tissa’s ancient cultural heritage, the jungle shrine of Kataragama, and the Yala National Park. Tissamaharama can be accessed travelling from Uda Walawe, the southern highlands, or the south coast. Those travelling directly from Colombo might wish to take a connecting Sri Lankan Airlines flight from Colombo’s international airport to the Mattala international airport in Hambantota which is only 38 kms away from Tissamaharama.
Location: Tissamaharama, Tissa & Kataragama
Style: Best Budget Hotel
No. of Rooms: 14
Key Features: Close to Tissamaharama Reservoir; paddy field views; birdlife