Bandagiriya Reservoir is situated 20 km from Hambanthota towards the interior of the country. It has not yet been ascertained as to who had constructed this reservoir . It is believed the Bandagiriya Temple nearby was the Badha Gal Dora Viharaya built by King Kawanthissa in the 2nd Century.
But the inscriptions belonging to the period of King Mahanaga also has been found near this reservoir and and the temple which proves this area was populated from the 2nd century BC.
The The Bandagiriya Wewa has been constructed by trapping water from Malala Ara which originate from the Sri Pada Mountain Range and using a natural rock as one border. The bund of this lake is 6600 feet in length and 16 feet in height. An area of 2100 acres of paddy fields are fed by this tank which covers an area of 4.5 square kilometers at full capacity.
Badagaladoru-Viharya is now known as the Bandagiri Viharaya and lies on a rocky outcrop near this tank.
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Map of the Bandagiriya Wewa
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Traveling to Bandagiriya Wewa
Route from Hambantota to Bandagiriya Wewa
|Through : Galle Road|
Distance : 18 km
Travel time : 25 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map