The ancient capital of Polonnaruwa witnessed many kings exercise their authority for the betterment of the people. These included building reservoirs and lakes that would contribute towards the wellbeing of those engaged in farming while also being of great sustenance in their lives. The Parakrama Samudraya built by King Parakramabahu the Great is no different. Now a popular tourist attraction, the reservoir can be easily accessed by making it a part of your Sri Lanka holidays. Offering a host of Sri Lanka tour packages to regions far and beyond, Country Feeling Holidays should be considered should you wish to tour this impressive manmade lake.
What remains now is only a portion of the reservoir which was once nourished by five other reservoirs which flowed into this expansive waterway. The body of water reaches a colossal 5350 acres while it is 40 ft in height and a further 14 km in length. Additionally the reservoir reaches an average depth of 25 ft and it contributes immensely to the paddy cultivation of over 18000 acres which is located in its vicinity. Referred to as the ‘Sea of Parakrama’, this marvellous creation stands testament to the mind of the great king. Presently those venturing to the area can learn of three reservoirs which constitute the Parakrama Samudraya; these would be the Dumbutula wewa, Topa wewa and the Eramudu wewa.
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