Sorabora Wewa in Mahiyangana

Sorabora Wewa is a popular travel destination in Uva province of Sri Lanka. It is a large reservoir located near Mahiyangana town of Badulla district. The reservoir was built by a giant called ‘Bulatha’ in the 2nd century BC. Sorabora Wewa contain a sluice gate with stone. The structure is only unique to this tank and you can’t see this structure in the other reservoirs in the country.



Distance to here from Kandy is about 78km and from Colombo is about 195km. First, you need to reach Mahiyangana town and then you should select Girandurukotte road to reach the destination. Distance from Mahiyangana is about 6km. You can easily go there by your own vehicle. Nice Park is available for visitors. You can hire a tuk, if you are using public transport. From the park, you have to walk a few meters to see the reservoir.


Sorabora Wewa Reservior

This also called ‘Horabora Wewa’. The Dam is 485m long with 20ft wide. Entire tank covers 4.5 square kilometers. The water in the tank is used for paddy cultivation to the extent of 2000 acres. This is formed by ‘Diyawanna Oya’. Some people use this tank for fishing activities. You can also observe forest cover surround the reservoir. It seems like large and generate beautiful images to capture from your camera. The reservoir also called as ‘Sea of Binthenna’.

Bisokotuwa is a structure that used in the many tanks in the Sri Lanka to control the water pressure in a tank. But you can’t observe that structure in Sorabora wewa. Instead for Bisokotuwa, the giant ‘Bulatha’ has used a special structure called ‘Sorowwa’. The builder has cut a natural rock to form a canal and which has used as sluice gates in the tank. The width of the canal is about 5ft.


Sorabora Wewa History

Sorabora Wewa history takes us to the King Dutugemunu region (161–137 BC). King Dutugemunu has stayed in Mahiyangana before he attacked the Anuradhapura Kingdom. At that time the area called as ‘Binthenna’. In that time period, King has had a worker to supply beetles from the region. Who is the man that we earlier mentioned ‘Giant Bulatha’. The duty of the Bulatha was to collect beetles from his area and supply them to King.

He lived in a small village in Udadumbara area called ‘Kiripattiya’. It was a mountain village and Bulatha had to walk many kilometers to meet the king. During that time he had got an idea to build this reservoir after finishing his daily duties. Every day he worked few hours and completed the whole reservoir without a help from nobody. After seeing this massive work, King Dutugamunu appreciated Bulatha giant and then appointed him as a general for his army. History says that Bulatha was a powerful man with massive energy.


Final Words

Sorabora Wewa is a great travel destination for those who love to visit the Uva province of Sri Lanka. It’s a historical valuable place that shows the ancient technology of the Sinhalese. You can bath safely in the bottom of the canal. You can walk along the dam and enjoy the beauty of the surround. Hotels and Many shops available around the reservoir for your requirements. This is not an ideal place for camping.

Some other places to travel around Mahiyangana Area;

  • Rathna Ella Waterfall
  • Mahiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya
  • Dambana Wedda Village
  • Wasgamuwa National Park

(Cover Image Source: Sorabora Wewa Facebook Page)



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