Did you know that the Deduru Oya is the sixth-longest river in Sri Lanka? With the building of a dam throughout this massive water body, it offers water for irrigation and agriculture to over 27,000 acres of land within the Kurunegala and Puttalam districts. The towers of the sluice gates stand tall much like guarding soldiers.
Site studies and design of the dam were accomplished by engineers from the Ministry of Irrigation.
Deduru Oya Dam is built in the Kurunegala District of Sri LankaThe dam, which measures about 2,400 m (7,900 ft) wide, creates the Deduru Oya Reservoir, which is about 75,000,000 m3 (2.6×109 cu ft). Water from the reservoir is used to irrigate approximately 11,000 hectares (27,000 acres) of farmland, even as also powering a 1.5-megawatt hydroelectric electricity station, operated through the Ministry of Power and Energy
According to history, it’s believed that during the reign of King Parakramabahu I (1153-1186 AD), an irrigation system evolved focusing the Deduru Oya.
Remnants of an excellent historical past remain with the archaeological findings of the Katuwannawa Asanagharaya, which is a quick distance from the reservoir and is thought to been built in the distant past.
In addition to the 8 sluice gates, water from the reservoir is channeled from the reservoir (for irrigation) via three canals. They are named as the left canal, central canal, and the south canal. The south canal measures up to 33 km (21 mi). It is pumping water from the Deduru Oya Reservoir to the Inginimitiya Reservoir at a flow rate of three hundred cu ft/s.
You have to take the Colombo – Katunayake Expressway, Veyangoda Road, and Kurunegala – Minuwangoda Road to Sri Anandarama Mawatha Road in North Western Province. Then continue on Sri Anandarama Mawatha Road to reach your destination.
You have to head northwest on Bauddhaloka Road toward Ambepussa – Kurunegala – Trincomalee Highway.
Turn left at The Oil Stores onto Katugastota-Kurunegala-Puttalam Highway. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Anuradhapura-Padeniya Highway. Turn right at Galwewa Communication onto Sri Anandarama Mawatha Road.
Turn left to stay on Sri Anandarama Mawatha Road. Then turn right and turn left the destination will be on your left.
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