During the era of ancient kings, Ruhuna was known as the granary of Sri Lanka. It had a wonderful system of irrigation, which helped convert the area into prosperous paddy lands.
The Sinhalese kings developed an irrigation system through which the water of rivers such as Walawe Ganga, Menik Ganga, Kirindi Oya and Kumbukkan Oya could be utilised to the maximum for cultivation. The kings Mahanaga, Kavantissa, Dutugemunu (161-173 B.C.), Saddhatissa (137-119 B.C.), Walagambahu (103 B.C.- 89 – 77 B.C.), Illanga (33-43 A.D.), Wasabha (67-111 A.D.), Gajabahu 1, Vijayabahu 1 and Parakramabahu the Great (1153-86 A.D.) developed this wonderful irrigation system by constructing tanks, anicuts and channels.
It is presumed that Debara Wewa tank was constructed by King Mahanaga. This is the smallest tank in the Tissamaharama area. The area of water spread is 150 acres and its capacity is 700 acre-feet (863436 cubic metres) at full supply level. The tank bund is 5980 feet long and 12 feet high. The extent of area cultivated under this tank is 945 acres.
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Map of the Debara Wewa
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Traveling to Debara Wewa
|Route from Hambantota to Debara Wewa|
|Through : Weerawila|
Distance : 30 km
Travel time : 35 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map