Over Tanks, Lakes and Bunds – Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka

The Kings of the great Ceylonese, did not only leave behind treasured remnants of an eclectic past, but also created these colossal man-made lakes and tanks that collected rain water to be used during the droughts. Their far-thinking strategies still contribute greatly to the villages which rely solely on their cultivation.

Boat on the Tissa Lake
Boat on the Tissa Lake

While coming out of the Yala National Park, we drove further south towards the coastal village of Kirinda. Kirinda is stated down in history as the place where “Princess Viharamahadevi drifted ashore after being sacrificed to the sea to atone for her father’s, King Kelanitissa, sacrilegious act of killing a monk by putting him in a cauldron of boiling oil.”*

The view of the sea at Kirinda
The view of the sea at Kirinda

From within the park, you can drive towards a small pit stop near the Menik Ganga (River), which is one the largest water channels that flows to the sea. This however, is what it looks like during the dry season.

The Menik River
The Menik River

Another massive creation is the Weerawila Lake. This is also another large source of water for cultivation and home use in the area. The sluice gates are operated by the National Water Supply authority to methodically pump water as and when required to the village.

On the banks of the Weerawila Lake
On the banks of the Weerawila Lake

And then of course my father just had to…

Inside the Weerawila Lake!
Inside the Weerawila Lake!
Coming out of the Weerawila Lake!
Coming out of the Weerawila Lake!
My father's joys...
My father’s joys…

Make sure you enjoy refreshing stops along the way where villagers offer boiled corn cobs in salted water, plain Ceylon tea with jaggery. You can even always just choose your favourite soft drink and chill awhile!

Villager selling boiled corn and Ceylon tea by the road
Villager selling boiled corn and Ceylon tea by the road

And for now, happy travelling!

*Piece of information extracted from here

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