Giritale Tank

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Giritale tank
Location Giritale, Polonnaruwa
Coordinates 7°59′28″N80°54′50″E / 7.991°N 80.914°E / 7.991; 80.914 Coordinates: 7°59′28″N80°54′50″E / 7.991°N 80.914°E / 7.991; 80.914
Type reservoir
Catchment area 24 km2 (9.3 sq mi) [1]
Basin  countriesSri Lanka
Max. length550 m (1,800 ft) [1]
Max. depth23 m (75 ft) [1]
Water volume24×10^6 m3 (19,000 acre⋅ft) [1]
Islands Several
SettlementsGiritale and Minneriya

Giritale tank (Sinhala : ගිරිතලේ වැව) is a reservoir in Giritale and Minneriya. It was built by King Agbo II (608-618). It is believed that the tank was renovated by King Parakramabahu, the Great (1153–1186). [2] Later, it was subjected to renovation in 1905, 1942 and 1952 during colonial era. [1]

Giritale Tank was considered as the deepest tank in Sri Lanka during the rule of medieval capital Polonnaruwa. [3]

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