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The Safari,


Price From : US $ 144.00


Refurbished and rebranded, The Safari is now easily the best hotel in Tissamaharama. The 50 rooms are stylishly designed and all have spectacular lake views. The Safari is owned by the Ceylon Hotels Corporation which also owns several guesthouses and hotels across the island including the Galle Face Hotel and the Regency in Colombo and the Queens in Kandy. The Hotels Corporation has now switched from government to private ownership, a change which has brought upgrades to several of their properties island-wide.


There are 47 Superior Rooms and three spacious suites all with lake views. 13 of the superior rooms have private balconies overlooking the lake. Room interiors are stylishly decorated in hues of black, white and saffron and furnished with double beds. The suites are spacious and also consist of a lounge and dining area. Upon request, additional single beds are provided in the suites. Standard in-room facilities include a/c, overhead fans, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, tea/coffee facility, mini-bar, and safety locker. Ensuite bathrooms have h/w rain showers.


  • Swimming pool
  • Cable TV
  • Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed bar
  • Business centre
  • Room service
  • Laundry service
  • Child friendly

The main restaurant has indoor and outdoor dining overlooking the swimming pool and lake beyond. Traditional Sri Lankan cuisine, Indian, and Western cuisine is served here. Ceylon Hotels Corporation properties are well known for serving tasty Sri Lankan rice and curries and The Safari holds up this tradition. The bar serves a range of alcoholic beverages. Other hotel facilities include wifi internet, travel desk, room service, laundry service, swimming pool set amidst lush tropical gardens, and boat rides on the Tissa Lake. Nature lovers will enjoy spotting the numerous species of birds that inhabit the small island just in front of the hotel.

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The Safari occupies a scenic position on the banks of the ancient Tissa Wewa (reservoir). Previously known as Tissamaharama Resort, which was a basic guesthouse, the hotel has been transformed into a stylish four-star hotel. Minutes from Tissamaharama town, this is a convenient base from which to explore Tissa’s ancient cultural heritage, the jungle shrine of Kataragama, Yala National Park and the Bundala bird sanctuary. Tissamaharama can be accessed via the south coast or from the highlands, or hop on board the sea plane which now lands on the Tissa Lake.


13/12/2017 - 23/12/2017 BB $ 132 $ 144 $ 144 $ 186
24/12/2017 - 24/12/2017 BB $ 264 $ 360 $ 360 $ 486
25/12/2017 - 30/12/2017 BB $ 180 $ 192 $ 192 $ 234
31/12/2017 - 31/12/2017 BB $ 264 $ 360 $ 360 $ 486
01/01/2018 - 15/03/2018 BB $ 180 $ 192 $ 192 $ 234
16/03/2018 - 30/04/2018 BB $ 132 $ 144 $ 144 $ 186

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Reviews & Customer Feedback

Jan 06, 2017 : Location, lake room was very good. We were upgraded to the superior room.
Jan 04, 2016 : Some staff very helpful but rude.
Apr 02, 2014 : Lovely views and room. Courteous staff, clean. Comprehension over dishes on menu limited.

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