Kondawattuwan Ruins and Reservoir, Ampara

An ancient reservoir and a monastery complex.

Situated on the Amapara-Inginiyagala the Kondawattuwanreservoir and the ruins scattered around are remnants of the once glorious Digamadulla kingdom.

The reservoir first built in the 1st-3rd century BC had been renovated recently to provide irrigation and drinking water to the villages nearby. The stone edict found near the reservoir dates back to the reign of King Dapulla the fourth of the 10th century AD and announces that irrigation water would be taxed, along with the paddy fields and that unlawful tapping of irrigation water was prohibited. The edict is an evidence of the presence of a government regulated irrigation system in the Eastern province of Sri Lanka in the days gone by. 

True to the concept that closer to a wewa or a reservoir was monastery at the ancient times, ruins of a monastery is found closer to the Kondawattuwan reservoir.  Amidst the ruins of ancient buildings are the early replicas of the Lord Buddha’s Feet in circular and square forms, a rare artifact in the Eastern Sri Lanka. 

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Latitude: 7.283728 Longitude: 81.645997 Elevation: 116 ft
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Hours Open

Morning till evening

Time Period Represented

1st-3rd century BC

Seasons Open

All year round

Accessibility Notes

Colombo –Inginiyagala --Continue onto Inginiyagala Road -- Continue onto Namal Oya Rd – Turn left onto Inginiyagala Road Pass by Paragahakale Central Dispensary -- Kondavattavana Tank (approximately 300Km and 5 Hours 30 Minutes drive ). 

If you are in Ampara already - drive on Ampara/Inginiyagala Road - Kondavattuvan Tank. 

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