Kandalama is a lake near a village of the same name in Sri Lanka’s Matale District. It’s situated only 5 km east of Dambulla. Thus, Kandalama is right in the centre of the area known as “Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle”.
Kandalama is famous for its two luxury hotels, the Amaya Lake and the Heritance Kandalama, the latter is designed in the tradition of Sri Lanka’s most renowned modern architect, Geoffrey Bava.
Kandalama Lake is ancient irrigation tank attributed to King Vasabha in the 1st century AD. Vasabha was the first king who constructed tanks on a large scale. However, the Kandalama tank might be from later centuries.
Like many other ancient tanks from the Anuradhapura or Polonnaruwa periods, Kandalama dried up in the 13th or 14th century. Many ancient irrigation tanks were reactivated by the British colonial administration, but the Kandalama tank was restored only after Ceylon became independent, in the middle 20th century.
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