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 reservoirs , anicuts and channels.
Weerawila Reservoir is the biggest reservoir in the Tissamaharama area. It is fed by the Kirindi Oya. This reservoir was reconstructed during the period of Governor Sir Hugh Clifford (1925-27). The other reservoir separated from this reservoir by the Hambantota – Wellawaya Road was known as Yodha Wewa in ancient times.
The area of water spread of this reservoir is 1400 acres and its capacity is 10,500 acre-feet (129,515,400 cubic metres) at full supply level. The length of the reservoir bund is 9240 feet and its height is 17 feet. The area cultivated under this tank is 1965 acres.
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Map of the Weerawila Reservoir
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Traveling to Weerawila Reservoir
Route from Hambantota to Weerawila Reservoir
|Through : Weerawila Town|
Distance : 24 km
Travel time : 35 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map