The Ocean of the King Parakramabahu – The Epic Reservoir in Sri Lanka


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Ancient Sri Lankan civilisations have commanded profound knowledge in a variety of areas, and one of the most significant of these is landscaping, especially in regards to the building of dams.

Parakrama Samudraya | Image Credit: Nazly Ahmed via Flickr
Parakrama Samudraya | Image Credit: Nazly Ahmed via Flickr

The Story of the King

King Parakramabahu ruled the nation of Sri Lanka from 1153 till 1186 and was responsible for the unification of the scattered kingdoms that existed throughout the island. He was one of the last kings of the nation to achieve this.

The Reservoir Today

What remains of the massive reservoir that was built by King Parakramabahu is massive, it measures 14 kilometres in length, forty feet in height, and the volume of water covers an area of 5350 acres. The average depth of the water is around 25 feet.

The Original Reservoir

King Parakramabahu’s original creation was much bigger than what remains today and was compared to an ocean. It consisted of five large reservoirs that were supported by smaller dams. Many small tanks were also built to eliminate excess water from the primary tanks.

The Significance of the Reservoir

The massive architectural accomplishment of King Parakramabahu is still incredible and supplies water to many paddy fields. It is one of the best tourist attractions for sightseeing in Sri Lanka, especially if you’re residing at a hotel along the nearby Trincomalee coast such as Amethyst,

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

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