Mahagal Wewa

Mahagal Wewa (Sinhala: මහගල් වැව) is a reservoir situated in Badulla and Hambantota Districts, Sri Lanka. The ancient Padikemgala Raja Maha Viharaya lies on the border of this reservoir.

The history of this reservoir dates back to the Anuradhapura Period. It is said to have been constructed by Mahasen, a regional king of Ruhuna (Abeyawardana, 2004). The reservoir was renovated during the 1950s-1960s period (Abeyawardana, 2004; Arumugam, 1969).

The reservoir
The reservoir has been built by damming the waters of the Maha Ara stream (Abeyawardana, 2004; Arumugam, 1969). The bund of it is about 3,900 ft. long and the water is extending in an area of about 240 acres at its full supply level (Arumugam, 1969). It has one spill and one sluice (Arumugam, 1969). 

1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Ruhuna: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. ISBN: 955-575-073-4. p.109.
2) Arumugam, S., 1969. Water resources of Ceylon: its utilisation and development. Water Resources Board. p.120.

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This page was last updated on 27 January 2023

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