Sorabora Lake
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Tour Uva
Badulla, Sri Lanka74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Business
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Sorabora tank is amazing masterpiece of Sri Lankan ancient irrigation technology. The most remarkable thing to see in this tank is, the Sorowwa (sluice gate), which was made out of natural rock. This is the only such sluice gate found in Sri Lanka. Sorabora It is thought to have been constructed during the reign of King Dutugemunu (161 BC – 137 BC) by a giant named Bulatha. He used provide beetles to the castle. In the ancient past, this tank was known as the 'Sea of Bintenna'.
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Written 14 December 2019
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Nathasha u
Bangkok, Thailand240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Ab 5-10 minutes away from town by car. Beautiful lake. Need to walk on a wel paved road for ab 10 minutes to get to the LKR. It’s beautiful. Great photo spots and viewing points. Have to get to the end of the lake if you wanna try the Shaking bridge. Take a walk. Also we got a shows by a snake, python and a monkey by a man on the side. Worth the show. We paid only few hundreds for the entire 15 minute show.
Written 2 December 2019
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PMuthuthanthri
Colombo, Sri Lanka27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
Beautiful Sorabora Wewa called the Sea of Binthanne in the ancient past, is a massive reservoir in Mahiyangana constructed in 102 BC, a must see destination for visitors. Historical legend is, of the herculean task of a villager named Bulatha. He noticed a stream of water passing between two hill, realized that if could be dammed is an ideal location for a water reservoir. He started building the embankment across two hills by himself. Bulatha completed the reservoir with a 40 feet tall and 11 feet wide embankment which stretched to about 500 meters with a unique sluice gate, through a solid natural rock. Since the rock was not subject to erosion by the pressure of water, it’s considered to be a unique innovation.
The village donated to Bulatha by King Dutugemunu called Udathwewa is today known as Udaththawa and lies about 8 km north of Hasalaka town. There are ruins of a large reservoir at Udaththawa with a sluice gate built similar to Sorabora Wewa. Using the natural rock to build the sluice gate seems be unique to Bulatha and these two tanks are the only 2 known reservoirs in the ancient irrigation history of Sri Lanka to use this technology.
Sorabora Wewa is a popular place among holiday makers. There are stalls selling sweets and freshly brewed steaming cups of local herb tea with plenty of other stalls which sell almost everything from toys to sun hats. Beautiful , tranquilizing place to spend an evening among birds and nature and enjoy a boat ride available.
Written 15 September 2019
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Seevali D
Colombo, Sri Lanka8,975 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
My wife, grandson and I visited Sorabora Lake in the evening on 21st July 2019. After driving about two kilometres along the Lake Road, we parked the car at the designated parking lot. Parking fees Rs 80.00. The path to the Sorabora Lake was clearly name posted. All along the path were little shops selling trinkets, toys, foodstuffs and the like. There were few kiosks too. We reached the irrigation canal after a short walk of about 150 metres and walked up the steps towards the top of the embankment following the canal cut in solid rock. On the lower stretches youngsters were frolicking in the water while the ladies and adults were enjoying a bath further downstream.
A billboard on the way up provided information about the dam. It had been constructed in the second century before Christ (bc). The length of the dam is 1590 feet and supplies irrigation water to 2000 acres (800 ha). It had been renovated in recent times by Irrigation Department.
At the top of the steps was the unique sluice gate that I came here to see. In most ancient and modern dams, the sluice/s to carry water downstream is/are located along the embankment of the dam. Not so here at Sorabora Lake! The sluice the left end of the embankment had been cut into solid granite rock. The first 30 metres or so of the canal after the sluice runs in solid rock cut to shape in ancient times. Thus water released through this sluice flowing under pressure along the canal does not erode its rocky banks. Conversely, the downstream of a sluice through an embankment, may it be ancient or modern, needs to be protected against extreme soil erosion using pressure balancing chambers or concrete lining to counter the effects of erosion from fast flowing waters.
I walked along the 1590 metre long bund to the right end of the dam where I observed the spillway and another irrigation canal. There is a cute swing bridge too. The spillway, that operates when the dam is at full capacity, is cut into rock preventing erosion of its banks. There is an irrigation canal at the right end of the dam too. This had been constructed recently. Visitors can enjoy a ride in the reservoir in one of the boats. There are fishing boats as well as individual fishermen fishing at the bottom of the embankment. It took me about two hours to explore the beauty and effectiveness of this ancient engineering meeting marvel.
Written 14 August 2019
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lor3768
Newquay, UK36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
Beautiful place to visit so many street dogs but they are very nice dont bother you so if you go there please bring some food for them as well
Written 15 January 2019
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profjoypc
Alnwick, UK4,526 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
This lake (actually a tank) is a 'must see' for anyone interested in the natural environment of Sri Lanka. It is a beautiful expanse of water, good to enjoy at all times of the day, but especially so at dusk when one can enjoy the birds and bats coming home to next in the trees. It exudes a serene and peaceful atmosphere. There are tuk tuk drivers always happy to drive one around the area - and show you elephants if at all possible - and local trading stalls selling foods and souvenirs - they do not bother you if you are not interested in purchasing anything but are more than happy to chat and tell you about the place.
Written 22 January 2018
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lakshansilva
Nelson, New Zealand173 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Family
This is a cool place to visit in the evening. you can even see elephants crossing the river. they swim across the river & we had pleasure to seen this. Very big tank & lovely place. must not miss to visit if you traveling to Mahiyanganaya.
Written 25 August 2017
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JustOnTheWay
Frankfurt, Germany150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Business
It takes a few minutes by foot to reach the lake. You pass along many small stall offering "souvernirs" and other kitsch.
At the lake you have a nice view and there is a number of boats offering tours on the lake.
Written 30 March 2017
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rasamsinghe
Colombo, Sri Lanka6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
Stroll on the tank bund it is serene.Tank is huge & the stone cut Sluice is impressive having built over millania. Often times elephants can be seen across the other side of the tank.Take a Bino for a better look.
Written 11 January 2017
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Rusiru R
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I had a Wonderful experience, its so free and peaceful. The only thing is that people litter around their and that is not very appealing. Please don't litter.
Written 3 October 2022
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