Eth Pokuna (Elephant Pond)
This gigantic man made pond is situated close to Lankaramaya. This is 150 meters in length 50 meters across and 10 meters in depth with the holding capacity of 75,000 cubic meters of water.
The water to this pond has been supplied from the Periyamkulama Tank through a network of underground canals, and you still can see part of the water lines made out of stone blocks.
These underground canals still work after so many hundreds years and in 1982 after a very heavy rainy season you could see water pouring though these inlets from the Periyamkulama tank.
This tank probably has been used by the monks in the Abeygiri monastery who
amounted over four thousand priests.
Photos before restoration from www.imagesofceylon.com
July 22, 2007