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Tissa Wewa

Tissa Wewa Tissa Wewa

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Tissa Wewa is an artificial lake located in Sri Lanka.

The lake is thought to have been created in the second or third century BC, most probably by King Yatala Tissa, the founder of the Ruhuna Kingdom or by his uncle King Devanampiyatissa, ruler of the neighbouring Anuradhapura Kingdom, in order to irrigate paddy lands and supply water to the flourishing city of Tissamaharama.

The lake was restored in the nineteenth century. The embankment (or bund) on the southern shore supports the Tissa-Kataragama road (B464), which is lined by old Indian rain trees planted by the British to provide shade.

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