Angamuwa Wewa

Angamuwa Wewa
Angamuwa Wewa (Photo credit: Lakshan Abeynaike, Google street view)
Angamuwa Wewa (Sinhala: අංගමුව වැව) is a reservoir situated in Anuradhapura District, Sri Lanka. 

This has been identified as the ancient "Angagama-vapi" tank restored by King Parakramabahu I [(1153-1186 A.D.) Arumugam, 1969; Nicholas, 1963]. Several ruins belonging to an ancient Buddhist monastery have been found in the vicinity of the tank (Arumugam, 1969). Among the ruins, there are two inscriptions of the 1st and 4th century A.D. and they reveal the ancient name of that monastery as "Anulapavata or Mala-Anulapavata Maha Vehera" (Nicholas, 1963). 

The present tank was restored in 1956 (Arumugam, 1969).

The reservoir
The reservoir has been constructed by damming the Lunu Oya, a tributary of Kala Oya (Arumugam, 1969). The bund of the reservoir is about 1 mile long and the water is extending in an area of about 1,100 acres at its full supply level (Arumugam, 1969). It has one spill and two sluices (Arumugam, 1969). 

1) Arumugam, S., 1969. Water resources of Ceylon: its utilisation and development. Water Resources Board. p.350.
2) Nicholas, C. W., 1963. Historical topography of ancient and medieval Ceylon. Journal of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, New Series (Vol VI). Special Number: Colombo. Royal Asiatic Society (Ceylon Branch). p.156.

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This page was last updated on 4 June 2022

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