About Us

A former governor's residence which still emanates its regal colonialism, The Sanctuary at Tissawewa is ideally located in the historical city of Anuradhapura. Standard and comfortable rooms are available while guests have the chance to choose between air-conditioned and non air-conditioned rooms. The dining room is always an inviting venue where you can taste some of the best Sri Lankan cuisine while there are a number of facilities that will be convenient for you to enjoy your stay.


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.


Savour some of the best herbal soups and authentic Sri Lankan spicy curries while holidaying at Anuradhapura.

Bicycle Hire

F/C Exchange

A/C Rooms

Air-conditioned standard rooms are available at the The Sanctuary at Tissawewa in Anuradhapura.


Laundry services are made available for the guests’ convenience.