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Handapanagala Wewa

Handapanagala Wewa
Handapanagala Wewa (Sinhala: හඳපානාගල වැව) is a reservoir situated in Handapanagala village in Monaragala District, Sri Lanka.

The area where the reservoir is located is traditionally associated with the reign of King Valagamba (104-88 B.C.) when many works were carried out (Arumugam, 1969). The ancient ruins of Kanabisopokuna Raja Maha Viharaya are located near the southern embankment of the reservoir.

The present tank was restored in 1952 (Arumugam, 1969). However, due to the flood in December 1957, the dam was breached (Arumugam, 1969). It was restored again in 1960 (Arumugam, 1969).

The reservoir
The reservoir has been constructed by damming the Maha Ara, a tributary of Kirindi Oya (Arumugam, 1969). The bund of the reservoir is about 3,600 ft. long and the water is extending in an area of about 450 acres at its full supply level (Arumugam, 1969). It has one spill and one sluice (Arumugam, 1969). 

1) Handapanagala 1 by Vikalpasl is licensed under CC BY 2.0

1) Arumugam, S., 1969. Water resources of Ceylon: its utilisation and development. Water Resources Board. p.124.

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This page was last updated on 16 September 2022

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