Friday, 2 April 2021

Mahakanadarawa Wewa

Mahakanadarawa Wewa
Mahakanadarawa Wewa (Sinhala: මහකනදරාව වැව) is a reservoir situated in Mihintale in Anuradhapura District, Sri Lanka. 

This has been identified as the ancient Kanadiyadora or Khanu-vapi tank constructed by King Mahasena [(276-303 A.D.) Arumugam, 1969]. It was started to know as Maha Kanadara Wewa when a feeder channel was built to it during the reign of King Sena II [853-887 A.D.) Arumugam, 1969]. The tank was repaired, restored and improved during the reigns of King Vijayabahu I (1055-1110 A.D.) and King Parakramabahu I [(1153-1186 A.D.) Arumugam, 1969].

The present tank was restored in 1958 (Arumugam, 1969).

The reservoir
The reservoir has been constructed by damming the Kanadara Oya, a tributary of Malwathu Oya (Arumugam, 1969). The bund of the reservoir is about 1.75 miles long and the water is extending in an area of about 3,400 acres at its full supply level (Arumugam, 1969). It has three spill and two sluices (Arumugam, 1969). 

1) Arumugam, S., 1969. Water resources of Ceylon: its utilisation and development. Water Resources Board. p.322.

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This page was last updated on 17 April 2022


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