Lakes in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a land that is extremely fertile and blessed with a rich offering of natural resources. In addition to its various rivers, the country also has a plethora of lakes that vary in size and geographic location.
When visiting Sri Lanka there is enough beautiful scenery to occupy one’s trip, and adding to the bountiful scenic areas of the country are the numerous lakes that can be found throughout the island.

One of the most famous lakes located right in the heart of the Colombo is known as the Beira Lake. This man made lake was originally constructed during the colonial era of both the Portuguese and the English and was used to ferry goods in the area quickly and efficiently. Originally 100 hectares in size the lake has been shrunk to its current size of 60 hectares due to urbanization.

Bolgoda Lake is the largest natural lake in Sri Lanka and is also the largest freshwater lakes as well. This beautiful lake covers two thirds of the Kalutara district and runs from Anguruwatota to Piliyandala.

Much like the Beira lake, during Dutch colonial times it was used as an essential transport method allowing swift movement of goods from what is known today as the Ratnapura District.

Many lakes can be found today due to the damming of the Mahaweli River in order to facilitate Hydro Power efforts that are vital to providing electricity to much of the country.

Lakes in Sri Lanka

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