Rambakan Oya Reservoir – රඹකැන් ඔය ජලාශය

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The water outlet to the main canal of Rambakan Oya Reservoir

The water outlet to the main canal of Rambakan Oya Reservoir

The Rambakan Oya Dam is an embankment dam in Maha Oya, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka. The reservoir was designed and constructed by the Sri Lanka Mahaveli Authority and currently functions under the direction of the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources Management.  It have been created by building an Earthen dam of which is about 1225m in length across the river of Mundeni Aru. Rambaken Oya is one of the three tributaries of the Mundeni Aru. Two other are Maha Oya and Gallodai Aru.

The reservoir is built far away from human habitation, about 17 kms from the Maha Oya town. Under the Rambakan Oya project seven other minor reservoir were also renovated. They are Polwatte wewa, Pollebedde wewa, Niloba wewa, Kiralagas wewa, Dumana wewa, Bendirekka wewa and the Akulobe wewa. Out of these you will pass the Kiralagas wewa, Niloba wewa and Pollebedde wewa on the way to Rambakan Oya reservoir. Pollebedde (Pollebedda) is one of the traditional homelands of indigenous Veddhas of Sri Lanka. You will also pass their village along this road, just before the Pollebedda Wewa.

Just before the reservoir a diversion will take you to the ruins of the ancient  twin barrel stone canal built thousands of years ago with the intention of building a reservoir.

More archaeological ruins can be found at the bottom of the ramp which leads to the top of the embankment. This area was probably cleared when dam was opened in 2009 but once again  covered by jungle and thorny bushes making access extremely difficult.

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Map of  the Rambakan Oya Reservoir

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Traveling to Rambakan Oya Reservoir

Route from Ampara to Rambakan Oya Reservoir

Through : Uhana – Maha Oya
Distance : 72 km
Travel time : 1.45 hours
Driving directions : see on google map

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