Kondawattuwana Wewa and Monastic Ruins – කොණ්ඩවට්ටවාන වැව සහ බෞද්ධ නටබුණ්

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Situated on the Amapara-Inginiyagala the Kondawattuwana reservoir and the ruins scattered around are remnants of the once glorious Digamadulla kingdom.

The reservoir first built in the 1st-3rd century BC had been renovated recently to provide irrigation and drinking water to the villages nearby. The stone edict found near the reservoir dates back to the reign of King Dapulla the fourth of the 10th century AD and announces that irrigation water would be taxed, along with the paddy fields and that unlawful tapping of irrigation water was prohibited. The edict is an evidence of the presence of a government regulated irrigation system in the Eastern province of Sri Lanka in the days gone by.

True to the concept that closer to a wewa or a reservoir was monastery at the ancient times, ruins of a monastery is found closer to the Kondawattuwana reservoir.  Amidst the ruins of ancient buildings are the early replicas of the Lord Buddha’s Feet in circular and square forms, a rare artifact in the Eastern Sri Lanka.

Alternate names : Kondawattuwana, Kondawattuwan, Kondawattawana, Kondawattawan, Konduwattuwana, Konduwattuwan, Kondawuttawana, Konduwattawan,

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Travel Directions to Kondawattuwana Tank and Monastic Ruins

Route from Ampara Town to Kondawattuwana Tank and Monastic Ruins

Through : Inginiyagala Road
Distance :5.5 km
Travel time : 10 mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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