Galgamuwa Wewa (Kurunegala)

Mahagalgamuwa Wewa is a reservoir situated in Galgamuwa village. It is the ancient Girisigamukavapi restored by King Parakramabahu (1153-1186 A.D.).
Mahagalgamuwa Wewa
Galgamuwa Wewa

Galgamuwa Wewa, also known as Mahagalgamuwa Wewa (Sinhala: ගල්ගමුව වැව, මහගල්ගමුව වැව) is a reservoir situated in Galgamuwa village in Ehatuwewa DS Division, Kurunegala District, Sri Lanka. It is located in the Mi Oya River basin.


This tank has been identified by scholars as the ancient Girisigamukavapi restored by King Parakramabahu I [(1153-1186 A.D.) Nicholas, 1963]. The present tank was completed in 1877 (Arumugam, 1969).

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The Reservoir

The reservoir bund is about 1,200 ft. long and the water extends in an area of about 640 acres at its full supply level (Arumugam, 1969). It has one spill and one sluice (Arumugam, 1969).

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Books, Journal Articles

1) Arumugam, S., 1969. Water resources of Ceylon: its utilisation and development. Water Resources Board. p.356.
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.94.

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To Whom extends its gratitude to Mrs Badra Kamaladasa (Former Director General of Irrigation) for providing the necessary photographs required for this article. All the photos are published here with the permission of the author.

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