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Kandalama Wewa

Kandalama Wewa
Kandalama Wewa is a reservoir located in Kandalama village in Matale District, Sri Lanka.

The name "Kandalama" doesn't appear in ancient chronicles. Some scholars believe that "Duratissa Wewa", a tank built by King Saddha Tissa (137-119 B.C.), was the ancient name used to identify the present Kandalama reservoir (Abeywardana, 2004).

The tank was formed by constructing a dam across the Mirisgoni Oya (Arumugam, 1969). The restoration work of Kandalama Wewa was carried out during the years 1952-1957 by the Department of Irrigation (Abeywardana, 2004; Arumugam, 1969). The Mahaweli Development Authority took over the management of the water of the Kandalama reservoir in 1978 (Abeywardana, 2004).

Kandalama Wewa data

Catchment area   : 37.7 sq. miles
Length of bund    : 3200 ft.
Tank full storage : 24,400 acre ft.
Area of water spread : 1700 acres (tank at full storage)
Nature of spills : masonry on rock
Spill location : at left bank entrance
Length of the spill : 260 ft.

Reference : Arumugam, 1969

Kandalama Wewa
1) KandalamaReservoir-June2008-2 by Rehman is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
2) KandalamaReservoir-June2008-1 by Rehman is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

1) Abeywardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. pp.178-179.
2) Arumugam, S., 1969. Water resources of Ceylon: its utilisation and development. Water Resources Board. p.340.

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