Distance from Anuradhapura – 7.3 km (15 minutes)
Basawakkulama Wewa, also known as Abhaya Wewa, is a reservoir which is situated in Anuradhapura. It was built by the great king of Anuradhapura, Pandukabhaya during his reign from 437-367 BC. The purpose of building Basawakkulama Wewa was to provide ample water to Anuradhapura. The tank also gets the name “Abhayavapi” in memory of one of the king’s uncles named Abhaya, who ruled the country in a previous term. Basawakkulama Wewa is among the largest reservoirs in Anuradhapura. At present, the tank carries 174 hectares of water at the surface and has not yet failed to supply water to Anuradhapura.
Getting to Basawakkulama Wewa
From Anuradhapura travel along the Puttalam – Anuradhapura – Trincomalee Highway and Basawakkulama Road to reach the Basawakkulama Wewa in Anuradhapura.