6°17'00.0"N 81°17'00.0"E

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Tissa Wewa at Tissamaharama

Lakes and Reservoirs

Location Information

Southern Province



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Tissa Wewa at Tissamaharama

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The lake, an artificial reservoir, is thought to have been constructed in the 3rd Century BC, either by Mahanaga of Ruhuna or his successor Yatala Tissa of Ruhuna, in order to irrigate paddy lands and supply water to the flourishing city of Tissamaharama. The lake was restored in 1871. The embankment (or bund) on the southern shore supports the Tissa-Kataragama road (B464), which is lined by old Indian rain trees planted by the British to provide shade.

References & External Links

  • The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka, Gavin Thomas, Rough Guides, 2012, p. 185.