Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
|Value for money||8.0|
|Nearest airport||Weerawila Airport (WRZ)|
|Distance to airport||7.2 km|
Check-in is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The property offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.
Ekho Safari Tissa is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind. Just use the Let us know what you need section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want to book a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Ekho Safari Tissa also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the property's convenient shuttle service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Ekho Safari Tissa has a car park available for guests. Car parking is free for guests.
Ekho Safari Tissa does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas. The property offers its guests both smoking and non-smoking rooms. You can request your preferred room type during booking, but please keep in mind that rooms are subject to availability.
"Staff was really helpful and great hospitality ( at the restaurant) ."
October 11, 2018
"Location is ideal and very scenic, sitting at the side of the lake."
October 17, 2018
"The price is an absolute steal for the view and facilities you get."
July 18, 2018
Well-placed in the sightseeing, nature area of Yala city, Ekho Safari Tissa provides a most conducive spot for you to take a break from your busy days. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. A well-kempt environment and its proximity to Tissa Lake, Tissa Dagoba, Tissa town give to this hotel a special charm.
The facilities and services provided by Ekho Safari Tissa ensure a pleasant stay for guests. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.
In addition, all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts. Many rooms even provide television LCD/plasma screen, free welcome drink, towels, separate living room, internet access – wireless to please the most discerning guest. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Superb facilities and an excellent location make the Ekho Safari Tissa the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Yala.
"We left at 5am for safari and were provided with a decent pa..."
January 12, 2019
Children and extra beds
All children are welcome.
|Guest's age||Extra bed|
Infant 0-1 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
Children 2-6 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Extra beds may be requested directly from the property; additional charges may apply
Guests 7 years and older are considered as adults
Extra beds may be requested directly from the property; additional charges may apply
Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please ask the property for more details.
Ekho Safari Tissa
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Great hotel, great location”
Our family stayed at Ekho Safari Tissa for two nights and had a wonderful time. The staff were very helpful (especially the lady at the front desk named Geetha) and accommodating to our needs - we have 2 small children plus a baby. They helped arrange a safari for us and answered all our questions patiently. The rooms were clean and spacious and there was more than enough room for the extra bed for our kids. The food was quite good, especially the supper buffet. However, the lunch 'a la carte' options weren't fantastic - not a lot of choice and a little pricey. The only other negative was that there is no elevator...so we had to carry our stroller up the stairs to the second floor where we were staying. Otherwise, a beautiful location, very helpful and friendly staff, clean rooms and an overall great experience! Would recommend and would go back again if we had the chance.
Great hotel close to Yala”
The Safari Hotel is a new modern hotel, right by the lake at Tissamarahama. Our room was spacious, modern and very comfortable, with two comfy chairs as well as bed, and a very luxurious-feel bathroom, with a great shower. Check-in was straightforward, and cold towels and a welcome drink were a nice touch. Breakfast was a good buffet, and we also had the buffet dinner one night, which was fantastic. For lunch one day we ordered sandwiches from the a la carte menu, and these were also good - all served on the terrace overlooking the pool and lake. Staff were largely very friendly and helpful - sorting out laundry, etc. My only complaints are regarding the ineffeciency of check-out: this seemed to require a cashier to create our bill, and took a good 10 minutes. There was then an error (as mini bar charges were not included), and this took another 10 minutes to amend. There was also some confusion over a packed breakfast, which we thought we had ordered for the day we left at 5am for the safari. The confusion may (or may not) have been our fault, but at 5am the two members of staff at reception were unable to help at all - despite us suggesting they could maybe just give us some cartons of juice or pastries (which they must have had in for the main breakfast buffet). Language may have been the issue, but it was frustrating not to be able to take anything with us, considering the level of service the hotel offered at other times, The hotel also didn't offer safaris direct, which meant we had to arrange this via independent jeep owners who hovered at the hotel gates - seemed like a missed opportunity for the hotel to offer guests something direct, which would have been a bit more reassuring than handing money over to someone on the street (though the company we went with - Ruwan Safaris were excellent). All in all - a great place to stay within easy reach of Yala. The pool and sunbeds by the lake was a wonderful place to relax for an afternoon.
Great value for money, super friendly staff! ”
The Safari at Tissa is conveniently located close to Yala National Park and 'Katharagama'. Can be a great resting place for long distance travellers. Rooms and wash rooms are clean and staff is really attentive and friendly. I will recommend The Safari for anyone going to Tissa.
Very comfortable, location good for safari at Yala”
One night stay, to do a morning safari at Yala National Park. The hotel booked our safari for us (at very short notice) and provided an excellent packed breakfast. Lovely location, with views over the lake. Not much around the area but the main sights in Tissa were walkable. 45 mins drive to the Park. The buffet in the restaurant is very good and great value for money (the a la carte menu, slightly less so). Staff very helpful, although communication between them could be a little better. Pool nice, although seemed like it should have had more water in it. The room itself was very comfortable and one of the more luxurious we had during our trip (albeit one of the more expensive). We had the best night’s sleep in 16 nights here! This place was recommended by a friend and I would recommend to others.
Hi Leila, Thank you for taking time to review your wonderful stay at EKHO Safari. We are thrilled to read that you enjoyed your stay and that you had the best nights sleeping 16 days here and that the food and that the rooms were good. Your concerns regarding the pool and the staff are duly noted. We do look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you again if your travels bring you back to Sri Lanka. We can definitely plan out a more extensive itinerary as well to see more of the country. Best Wishes, the EKHO Safari team
My parents and I stayed at the hotel for 2 nights. The view overlooking Tissa Lake was peaceful backdrop. The staff was extremely friendly and hard working, as was the guest manager, Udesh who made sure our stay was pleasant each day. The food was good and had also gone to the spa weigh was a relaxing time. Ekho also has hotels in Polonaruwa (Lake House) in which we had had lunch prior to arriving in Tissa. There too the hotel is situated overlooking the tank which is beautiful and had a pleasant lunch there. The guest manager, Kanchana was very friendly. I recommend either of these hotels as a nice place to relax and unwind.
Wish we could've stayed longer”
An excellent stay!The aesthetic of this place is great, especiallyu when you take into consideration the price compared to other continents. The rooms were comfortable, the staff very helpful and accommodating. We were leaving for a safari at 5am and they packed us a breakfast to take away. Anything we needed, they'd bring to our room. Buffet was delicious, the chef was making egg hoppers to order! Not far from Yala national park where we had the best safari! Would highly recommend this hotel.
Tissa Lake view and near Yala National Park”
Good: I booked two rooms for two nights with my parents and my son. The hotel is by the Tissa Lake. And both of my rooms have the fantastic lake view. Even we could see the birds' nests on the trees on the island. The housekeeper and the manager of the kitchen were kind and friendly. The hotel is clean and beautiful. The hotel is very near Yala National Park. If you don't want to get up very early, it's a good choice. Bad: The shower room is blocked in one room of the two. The telephone is out of service. If we wanted to talk to the housekeeping and the reception, we had to walk to the reception. The executive of housekeeping said the problems couldn't be solved.
Stayed here for two nights in January 2019 Pros: 1) This is an excellent property at a great location. It is right beside the picturesque Tissa Lake and is a short walk from the Tissa and Sandagiri stupas. The decor is excellent and the front lobby, dining and pool area are very spacious and tastefully done. 2) The rooms and bathrooms are very spacious and extremely clean. 3) The staff is very courteous. 4) The front desk was very helpful and helped with all our travel needs and spoke reasonably good English. 5) The food was very good and tasty. Breakfast spread is excellent. 6) The hotel prepares packed breakfast/lunch for safari. 7) The WiFi speed and connectivity was excellent. 8) There are enough places to eat around the hotel and it is a 15 minute walk to the town. 9) We used the hotel laundry and the service was good and we got our cloths back on time. 10) The place is extremely quiet at nights and the sleep quality is great. Cons 1) Vegetarian dinner choices were limited.
Hi Manoj, We appreciate your detailed review of your stay at EKHO Safari. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay and everything was up to standard. If your travels bring you back to Sri Lanka, we look forward to welcoming you again. Warm Regards, The EKHO Safari team
A convenient location for you to get to Yala National Park, like most other hotels in Tissa. I like the view of the Tissa lake that this hotel has to offer. A short walk from town but still manageable. Good food served at the restaurant. The hotel in general has a chalet/resort feel to it. Very good service from the staff there.
Extremely helpful staff especially the reception manager who helped us arrange taxi to Bentota as well as Safari. Lovely pool, great Sinhalese trio music, nice breakfast. Room comfortable, everything we needed, balcony overlooking lake. No trouble mosquitos (great surprise). Wi-fi signal good and fair streaming (not continuous). 5 minute walk to local restaurants. Nothing much else to see in the area, Stupas, but that’s ok local shops, way of life. Great stop Yala Safari.
Clean, comfortable, relaxing.”
Only there for one night but would have stayed longer. Our room was just lovely; clean, comfortable and all that a room should be! The food was fantastic, staff friendly, and the entire facility felt very safe. We enjoyed a safari at Yala National Park. Knowing we would be returning after check out we proceeded to check out before we left; kindly, the staff granted us a late check out for FREE! They were incredibly accommodating. Although it is a quite normal for drivers to be given a place to sleep for the night, we had not let them know in advance and they were still more than happy to ensure that he was also taken care of. I would recommend this hotel without reservation.
This hotel is a great spot to stay if you want to do a safari in Yala. We arrived after midday so had to book a safari for the following morning - reception organized it all for us and the driver was fantastic. The pool was lovely and the staff all so friendly. Our only negative was the lack of vegetarian options at the restaurant. There were a couple of extra things on the room service menu we wished we had seen prior. Otherwise a good stay!
Nice hotel - easy access to Yala Safari”
We staying in the Safari Hotel for 1 night so that we could go to Yala Safari. The hotel was very nice with a nice pool overlooking the lake. Apparently there are Crocodiles in the lake that sometimes come into the hotel area (safely). All of the staff were very helpful and it was easy to arrange the safari with the hotel. The best restaurant in town is also a short 5 minute walk away.
Great Safari Themed Hotel”
Look and style of hotel especially in front lobby area makes you feel like you are in a beautiful safari hut. Great place to stay as you prepare for your Yala game reserve safari. Very modern and clean rooms. Service in restaurant was a bit slow which wasn't so good when we arrived late and wanted a quick a la carte meal and go to bed for a very early morning safsri.
Excellent stay, brilliant service, fantastic food”
The hotel is excellent value for money; we really enjoyed our stay. only 1 night but we extended an extra night. The staff are super friendly and helpfull; great view of the lake right in front of the swimmingpool. Food was excellent. Do yourself a favour when in Tissa, Yala . stay here !
Value for money, good serene lake view”
We had booked for couple of nights at EKHO safari hotel and we thoroughly enjoyed the stay. Rooms were very clean and had a good lake facing glass wall. The staff was good, well trained. The lake side sit-outs are the best, serene view, variety of birds. Only down side was : Swimming Pool was not clean, me and my kid had got down, the floor was slippery.
We stayed at this hotel for one night for our safari trip, and our stay was just perfect, the room was nice and clean, amazing views from the room, the food was excellent. They had a set dinner menu for 1000 RP, we didn't expect much but the food was surprisingly more than perfect especially the fish with the garlic butter. The pool was under construction which was a bit frustrating and we wanted to use it before our safari trip, but the staff offered us to use a pool in a different hotel nearby which we didn't do. They should have notified us about this before we arrived. The staff were a little bit inexperienced especially at the restaurant, and they kept watching us all the time to take the empty plates, at times I felt like I had to eat quickly just not keep them standing next to our table. Other than that, the hotel was perfect and I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Tissa.
Clean place with nice staff”
We only stayed here for 12 hours but the stay was good. The pool was undergoing renovations so we were given the option to use a nearby hotels pool with transportation provided. It was a good gesture. We left at 5am for safari and were provided with a decent packed breakfast. The only issue I had with this hotel, and a reason why I would probably not recommend it to others is that I booked the place through agoda at least 3 months ago. I kept sending the property queries and questions via agoda but unfortunately no one responded. I even called agoda and they said that the property will respond themselves. That is why I came to the hotel already with very low expectations and slightly biased. During this trip, I had booked 9 other hotels and 8 others had responded (the only other one also being owned by EKHO). For us, customer service is everything and if a property doesn’t deal with its customers before they check in that had a lot to say about it’s service level.
Gear hotel with nice environment and good services”
This hotel was located near the Tissa lake and has an amazing garden view. Outside the hotel, you can ask for the jeep ride to the Yala national park.the restaurant has a great choices of food.
Friendliest staff I met in a long time ”
Everything about this place is spot on. Highly recommend this to anyone who wants to stay for longer periods 30 mins to Yala National Park. Safari can be booked from the hotel. They can take you on a boat cruise in the evening that boards in the hotel dock.