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Kala Wewa

Anuradhapura, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
Location : Anuradhapura
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This reservoir was built by the King Dhatusena who ruled the country during 455-473 CE in the 5th century.
Tamil invaders who arrived from South India ruled the island during the period from 429 to 455 AD. King Dhatusena deposed them and united the country and then He wanted to develop the irrigation system by constructing several tanks, canals, etc., in and round the kingdom of Anuradhapura. After completion of construction of Kala Wewa, the king built another tank called Balalu Wewa nearby and connected the two, making the biggest tank in Sri Lanka.
His son King Mahinda II who ruled the country during 777-797 CE expanded the tank further. Water of the tank was transferred to the Thisā Wewa (in Anuradhapura by an ancient 54 miles (86.9 km) long canal called Jaya Ganga alias Yoda Ella which has a fine slope of one feet per mile[2] but according to some historians it is one inch per mile.

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