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Tabbowa Wewa

Tabbowa Wewa
Tabbowa Wewa (Sinhala: තබ්බෝව වැව) is a reservoir situated in Puttalam District, Sri Lanka. 

The area where the present Tabbova Wewa is located belonged to the ancient Tabba-rattha, the most westerly frontier district of King Parakramabahu I's (1153-1186 A.D.) 12th-century principality of Dakkhinadesa (Nicholas, 1963). Parakramabahu I is said to have restored this tank (Nicholas, 1963).

The restoration works of the present tank were commenced in October 1912 and completed in 1925 (Arumugam, 1969). It was enlarged and improved in 1969 (Arumugam, 1969).

The reservoir
The reservoir has been constructed by damming the Nanneri Oya, a tributary of Mi Oya (Arumugam, 1969). The bund of the reservoir is about 1.25 miles long and the water is extending in an area of about 1,500 acres at its full supply level (Arumugam, 1969). It has one spill and two sluices (Arumugam, 1969). 

Tabbowa Wewa
1) Arumugam, S., 1969. Water resources of Ceylon: its utilisation and development. Water Resources Board. p.362.
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.90.

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This page was last updated on 11 February 2023


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