Nawagiriyawa Archaeological Ruins in Ampara – අම්පාර නවගිරියාව පුරාවිද්යා භූමිය
Nawagiriyawa Wewa Reservoir is one of the largest man made reservoirs in the Ampara District. Navagiriyawa wewa is unique in many ways. It is a cluster of 3 reservoirs connected each other creating a single large water body. At the top is the “Balagala Wewa” (Balagala Reservoir) and below it is the “Divulana Wewa” (Divulana Reservoir). Both these reservoirs are believed to be built by king Saddhatissa (137-119 BC) of Anuradhapura kingdom who was the regional ruler of the Digamadulla Kingdom during the reign of king Dutugemunu.
Navagiriyawa Wewa was built in front of both these reservoirs along with the Galoya Project in the mid 20th century to expand the holding capacity of the reservoirs. When this reservoir was filled, the dam of the ancient Divulana Wewa was submerged and only surfaces during the dry seasons.
The 3 reservoirs together covers 10.5 square kilometers (1050 hectares) at full capacity. The bund of the Nawagiriyawa reservoir is 3km long and lies east of the tank.
A site on the way to the Nawagiriyawa Wewa at the Nawagiriyawa village in the middle of a paddy field has been declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government with the Gazette issued on 26th December 2014 and is described in the gazette as follows ;
“Site of ruins of buildings with stone pillars in Navagiriyawa village situated in Grama Niladhari Division No. W/104/60, Navagiriyawa in the Divisional Secretary’s Division Uhana in Ampara District in Eastern Province. (Latitude 07º26´ 42´´ N and longitude 081º37´ 070´´ E)”
Map of Nawagiriyawa Archaeological Ruins
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Travel Directions to Nawagiriyawa Archaeological Ruins
Route from Ampara to Nawagiriyawa Archaeological Ruins
|Through : Uhana|
Distance : 22 km
Travel time : 45 mins
Time to spent : 5-10 mins
Driving directions : see on google map