Uggal kalthota Amuna – උග්ගල් කල්තොට අමුණ

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Uggal Kalthota causeway over Walawe Ganga

Uggal Kalthota causeway over Walawe Ganga
Photo by Chandana Gunatilake

Weirs, dams and anicuts often re-route water through canals, channels, tunnels or pipelines to increase the pressure and remove silt, leaving long stretches of dry bed rocks.  The ancient weirs and anicuts in Sri Lanka are locally known as the Amunas.

The ancient Uggal Kalthota Amuna lies close to the the Bodagama – Kalthota road.  Traveling 4.4 km  past the road towards Kalthota Doowili Ella will bring you to the bridge over the Walawe River. The remains of the ancient Amuna lies a little distance above the bridge.

The Uggal Kalthota Amuna has been built during the regime of King Gaja Bahu (112-134 A.C.). In 1892, the right bank channel was restored and an independent weir of 71 m long and 1 m high was constructed upstream in 1956 to provide water for new left bank irrigation. Because of the relatively small height of the weir there is a continuous spill over water flowing on the river.

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Travel Directions to Uggal kalthota Amuna

Route from Balangoda to  Uggal kalthota Amuna

Distance : 30 km
Travel time :1 hour
Driving directions : see on google map

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