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.
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.”*
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.
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.
And then of course my father just had to…
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!
And for now, happy travelling!
*Piece of information extracted from here