Saturday, 3 August 2019

Kandalama Wewa

Kandalama Wewa
Kandalama Wewa (Sinhala: කණ්ඩලම වැව) 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; Fernando, 1980).

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.
3) Fernando, A.D.N., 1980. Major ancient irrigation works of Sri Lanka. Journal of the Sri Lanka Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 22, pp.1-24.

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