Lake Gregory (Nuwara Eliya)

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Lake Gregory, Nuwara Eliya
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Lake Gregory, Nuwara Eliya
Location Nuwara Eliya
Coordinates 6°57′25″N80°46′48″E / 6.957°N 80.780°E / 6.957; 80.780 Coordinates: 6°57′25″N80°46′48″E / 6.957°N 80.780°E / 6.957; 80.780
Type Reservoir
Basin  countries Sri Lanka
Built1873
Surface area91.2 ha (225 acres)
Surface elevation1,874 m (6,148 ft)
Islands One
Settlements Nuwara Eliya
References [1]

Lake Gregory (Sinhala : ග්‍රෙගරි වැව), sometimes also called Gregory Lake or Gregory Reservoir, is a reservoir in heart of the tea country hill city, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. Lake Gregory was constructed during the period of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. [2] The lake and the surrounding area make up the Gregory Lake Area.

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History

The area was originally a swampy bog at the foot of the small hills that border the town. In 1873 Sir William Gregory authorised the damming of the Thalagala stream, which originates from Mount Pidurutalagala, [3] in order to make more land available for the expansion of the town. [4] In 1881 the lake was stocked with trout by Mr C. J. R. Le Mesurier (Assistant Government Agent for Nuwara Eliya). [5] [6]

In 1913 the waters of the lake were directed into a tunnel which flows to a hydro power station at 'Blackpool' between the town and Nanu Oya. [7] The power station continues to supply electricity to the town to this day. In British times Lake Gregory was used for water sports and recreational activities.

Part of the structure that supports the Gregory Reservoir. Gregory Lake 2.jpg
Part of the structure that supports the Gregory Reservoir.

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References

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  2. Bastiampillai, B (1968). The Administration of Sir William Gregory: Governor of Ceylon, 1872-77. Tisara Prakasakayo. p. 119.
  3. "Gregory Lake in Nuwara Eliya". May 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
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