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Early morning view of Kandalama lake near Dambulla, a most quiet place set in a pristine rainforest surrounded by beautiful green mountains.

Actually it's a reservoir created by constructing a dam across the River Mirisgoniya Oya.
This ancient irrigation reservoir supplies the farmlands, supports fishery and provides drinking water to the cultivators.

During the rainy season, when the lake attains its greatest elevation, the area of ground over which the inundation extends may be computed at fifteen square miles.

As Charles Pridham of British Ceylon said in 1849
"This work of art sufficiently indicates that at some very remote period Ceylon was a densely peopled country, and under a government sufficiently enlightened to appreciate the execution of an undertaking which, to men ignorant of mechanical powers, must have been a Herculean operation; for such is the capricious nature of the mountain streams of this island, where heavy rains frequently fall for many successive days without intermission, that no common barrier would suffice to resist the great and sudden pressure that must be sustained on such occasions."

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  • Copyright: Marina Sh (marina7) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 645 W: 48 N: 1221] (8051)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-02-13
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-04-09 10:42
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