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Ampara | Jayanthi Wewa

Jayanthi Wewa

Built damming the water of Pallan Oya River Jayanthi Wawa near the towering Wandinagala is an idyllic sight in an evening scattered with a few fishing boats and the ever present elephants around it gathered for a dip.

Built in 1960 to the south of Senanayaka Samudraya Jayanthi Wawa stores nearly 93,000 square acres of water, irrigating fields of paddy and sugar cane. It is also source of livelihood to freshwater fisherman and provides drinking water to the Ampara district. 

The reservoir is a source of water to the elephant herds who roam the bordering Gal Oya National Wildlife Park and the flocks of bird like Little Cormorant, Malayan Night Heron, Lesser Whistling-duck and spot billed pelican, who gather at the reservoir in search of food and nesting ground. 

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