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Yala National Park29.62 km
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Tissa Lake840 m
Tissa Dagoba840 m
Tissa town850 m
Tissamaharama Bus Station1.34 km
Yatala Wehera1.7 km
Archaeology Museum1.78 km
Horizon Medicl Service2.41 km
Base Hospital Debarawewa2.52 km
Wirawila Tissa Sanctuary4.8 km
Weerawila Airport7.23 km
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2018

Ekho Safari Tissa

Tissamaharama, Yala Tissamaharama, Yala, Sri Lanka - See map
Wellness activities
Spa & Beauty
"Ideal place to stay when visiting Tissamaharama, Kataragama or Yala."
David - January 2, 2019
Excellent comfort
8.4 room quality and comfort
Excellent service
8.2 rating for service
Excellent cleanliness
8.1 rating for cleanliness
Very good facilities on premise
7.7 facilities on premise
  • Airport transfer

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Currency exchange

  • Hot tub

  • Sauna

Cheaper than 97% of all properties in Yala in the last 24 hoursCompared to 467 Yala properties at Agoda for various dates
Value for money8.0
Location rating8.8
Nearest airportWeerawila Airport (WRZ)
Distance to airport7.2 km

Rooms available at Ekho Safari Tissa

8.4
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Deluxe Suite
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
  • Lake view
  • 1 double bed
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Superior Room
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  • Room size: 33 m²/355 ft²
  • Partial lake view
  • 1 queen bed
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  • Room size: 33 m²/355 ft²
  • Lake view
  • 1 queen bed
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Deluxe Double Room
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  • Room size: 33 m²/355 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 queen bed
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            Frequently asked questions

            What time is check-in and check-out at Ekho Safari Tissa?

            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.

            How do I get to Ekho Safari Tissa?

            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.

            What is the smoking policy at Ekho Safari Tissa?

            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.

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            What people love about Ekho Safari Tissa

            • 9.6
              Exceptional
              Staff 

              "Staff was really helpful and great hospitality ( at the restaurant) ."

              Sewwandi

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              October 11, 2018

            • 9.2
              Exceptional
              Location

              "Location is ideal and very scenic, sitting at the side of the lake."

              Dr. D.

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              October 17, 2018

            • 9.6
              Exceptional

              "The price is an absolute steal for the view and facilities you get."

              Kieren

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              July 18, 2018

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            Overall rating:
            8.2
            Excellent
            879 reviews
            Cleanliness
            8.1
            Facilities
            7.7
            Location
            8.8
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            What travelers say they love:
            The mainly highlights for this hotel is it neayby the tissa ...
            tina from China
            Family with older children
            More about Ekho Safari Tissa

            More about Ekho Safari Tissa

            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.

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            Swimming Pool
            34 mentions
            Food & Dining
            25 mentions
            Housekeeping
            19 mentions
            Breakfast
            16 mentions

            What they offer

            8.4
            Excellent

            "We left at 5am for safari and were provided with a decent pa..."

            Fouad

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            January 12, 2019

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            Restaurant
            Cuisine:Indian, International, Local
            Menu:Buffet, A-la-carte

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            Reviews of Ekho Safari Tissa from real guests

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            Cleanliness8.1
            Facilities7.7
            Location8.8
            Room comfort and quality8.4
            Service8.2
            Value for money8.0
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            9.6
            Exceptional
            Jonathan from Canada
            Family with young children
            Superior Room
            Stayed 2 nights in February 2017

            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.

            Reviewed February 20, 2017
            8.7
            Excellent
            Catherine from United Kingdom
            Group
            Superior Room
            Stayed 2 nights in August 2013

            Great hotel close to Yala”

            Lake view, swimming pool, luxury feel

            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.

            Reviewed August 14, 2013
            8.8
            Excellent
            Ruwantha from Sri Lanka
            Couple
            Superior Room
            Stayed 1 night in August 2016

            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.

            Reviewed August 29, 2016
            8.4
            Excellent
            Leila from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Superior Room
            Stayed 1 night in March 2019

            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.

            Reviewed March 17, 2019

            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

            Responded March 18, 2019
            Ekho Safari Tissa
            9.6
            Exceptional
            MUDITHA from Sri Lanka
            Family with teens
            Superior Room
            Stayed 2 nights in March 2017

            Enjoyable Stay”

            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.

            Reviewed March 15, 2017
            9.7
            Exceptional
            Dione from Australia
            Couple
            Superior Room
            Stayed 1 night in October 2013

            Wish we could've stayed longer”

            Lovely aesthetic, great pool area, fresh buffet

            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.

            Reviewed October 26, 2013
            9.6
            Exceptional
            wei from China
            Family with young children
            Deluxe Double Room
            Stayed 2 nights in April 2016

            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.

            Reviewed April 07, 2016
            9.2
            Exceptional
            Manoj from India
            Couple
            Superior Room
            Stayed 2 nights in January 2019

            Excellent property”

            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.

            Reviewed February 06, 2019

            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

            Responded March 12, 2019
            Ekho Safari Tissa
            9.3
            Exceptional
            Yong from Singapore
            Couple
            Superior Room
            Stayed 2 nights in August 2013

            Overall, good.”

            Comfortable room, nice lake view and good food

            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.

            Reviewed August 12, 2013
            9.2
            Exceptional
            Iain from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Superior Room
            Stayed 2 nights in March 2018

            Lovely stop”

            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.

            Reviewed March 12, 2018
            9.3
            Exceptional
            Catherine from United Kingdom
            Solo traveler
            Superior Room
            Stayed 1 night in July 2013

            Clean, comfortable, relaxing.”

            The room, delicious lunch buffet, good location for access to Yala National Park.

            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.

            Reviewed August 12, 2013
            9.6
            Exceptional
            Madison from Australia
            Couple
            Superior Room
            Stayed 1 night in January 2018

            Exceptional”

            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!

            Reviewed January 05, 2018
            9.7
            Exceptional
            matthew from United Kingdom
            Group
            Superior Room
            Stayed 1 night in December 2013

            Nice hotel - easy access to Yala Safari”

            Pool, Friendly Staff, Organised 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.

            Reviewed December 18, 2013
            9.6
            Exceptional
            Rohan from Canada
            Family with teens
            Superior Room
            Stayed 1 night in January 2017

            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.

            Reviewed January 07, 2017
            9.7
            Exceptional
            Regardt from South Africa
            Couple
            Superior Room
            Stayed 1 night in October 2012

            Excellent stay, brilliant service, fantastic food”

            GReat rooms, spacious, greeat scenery , super staff

            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 !

            Reviewed November 06, 2012
            9.2
            Exceptional
            adwait from India
            Family with young children
            Superior Room
            Stayed 2 nights in October 2017

            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.

            Reviewed December 27, 2017
            8.7
            Excellent
            Ziad from Jordan
            Couple
            Superior Room
            Stayed 1 night in June 2014

            Just perfect”

            Food, room, views

            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.

            Reviewed June 07, 2014
            8.4
            Excellent
            Fouad from Saudi Arabia
            Couple
            Deluxe Lake View
            Stayed 1 night in January 2019

            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.

            Reviewed January 12, 2019
            9.7
            Exceptional
            LI from China
            Solo traveler
            Superior Room
            Stayed 1 night in March 2013

            Gear hotel with nice environment and good services”

            Clean room,good food,nice lake view

            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.

            Reviewed March 22, 2013
            9.2
            Exceptional
            Rukshan from Sri Lanka
            Group
            Superior Room
            Stayed 2 nights in March 2017

            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.

            Reviewed March 20, 2017
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