The Handapanagala Reservoir lies between Buttala and Wellawaya in middle of elephant country and is well known for the elephant population and conflicts with the farming community. The area around Handapanagala was colonized in 1960’s and most people make a living out of farming and fishing in the Handapapagala reservior.
Both sides of the Handapanagala Bund consist of rocky plains. On to top of the rocky plain at the end of the bund lies a rock pond called Kanabiso Pokuna. The drip ledge cave near the Kanabiso Pokuna has been listed as a archaeological protected monument by the Department of Archaeology.
Traveling past the bund for few j, is the Kanabiso Rajamaha Viharaya, an ancient temple under the protection of Department of Archaeology. At this temple you will find rock pillars of ancient buildings and a ruined stupa which has not been preserved and resembling a large mound of earth.
To reach the Handapanagala Reservoir you need to travel 8.5 km from Wellawaya towards Buttala upto the Handapanagala Junction and and another 4 km on the Handapanagala Road.
photo and information by the curtsey of Dr. Ashan Geeganage
Map of Kanabiso Pokuna and Rajamaha Viharaya
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Travel Directions to Kanabiso Pokuna and Rajamaha Viharaya
Route from Wellawaya to Kanabiso Pokuna and Rajamaha Viharaya
|Through : Southern Highway|
Distance : 15 km
Travel time :20 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map