Udawalawe Reservoir is a large multipurpose storage tank constructed in the mid 1960s by damming the Walawe Ganga as part of a plan to develop the irrigation capacity of land in the dry zone of southern Sri Lanka.
Apart from irrigating adjoining agricultural lands, it generates about 6GWh of hydroelectricity per year.
The reservoir is situated within the Udawalawe National Park , and therefore plays a significant role in maintaining the rich biodiversity of the area, and is particularly important for water birds and elephants. It is a very popular tourist destination and is the third most visited park in the country.
Udawalawe Reservoir showing the view from the remains of thousands of forest trees that die due to the floods that fill the artificial dam.
And now this dam began again visited by various groups and types of animals that exist in the vicinity of this reservoir, like a bunch of elephants, several new types of fish, and many more animals coming into the reservoir.