Tempitiya is an ancient agricultural village hidden in the Mahaoya area. This village is build based on the empitiya Reservoir and the Tempitiya Rajamaha Viharaya which lies opposite the reservoir both of which are credited to king Saddhatissa (137-119 BC) of Anuradhapura kingdom who was the regional ruler of the Digamadulla Kingdom during the reign of king Dutugemunu.
Tempitiya Reservoir is said to have been restored by the British in 1838 making it one of the first ancient reservoirs to be restored by the British in the Ampara District.
The ancient bunt, bisokotuwa the sluice gate of the Tempitiya Reservoir was declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government by the Gazette issued on 10th October 2014, and describes the location as follows ;
“Tempitiya Lake with the ancient bund of the lake, Bisokotuwa and sluice belonging to Tempita village situated in the Grama Nildhari Division, Tempita in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Mahaoya in Ampara District in Eastern Province.”
Map of Mahaoya Tampitiya Reservoir
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Travel Directions to Mahaoya Tampitiya Reservoir
Route from Mahaoya to Tampitiya Reservoir
|Through : Mahaoya – Chenkaladi Road|
Distance :14 km
Travel time : 30 mins
Time to spent : 30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map