Jayanti Veva
Sri Lanka, Ampara

<p>A dam built on the Pallan Oya River, Jayanti Wewa near the towering peak of Vandinagala is an idyllic sight in the evening with a few fishing boats scattered here and there and the ever-present elephants gathered for a swim.</p><br><p> Built in 1960, south of Senanayaka, Samudraya Jayanti Wewa stores nearly 93,000 square acres of water to irrigate rice and sugarcane fields. It is also a source of livelihood for freshwater fishermen and provides drinking water to the Ampara region.</p><br><p>The reservoir is a source of water for the herds of elephants that roam the adjoining Gal Oya Wildlife National Park, as well as for the herds of Birds such as the little cormorant, the Malayan night heron, the little whistling duck and the spotted pelican gather near the waterhole in search of water, food and nesting sites.</p><br><p>Elephants also roam the 2,400-foot-high Vadinagala Mountain , challenging the brave and the reckless.</p><br><p>It is a famous mountain that is seen as an alternative to the one that bears the footprint of Lord Buddha, and its legacy in ancient Buddhism is visible in the many ruins scattered around the mountain. Beautiful guard stones, rock pillars and moonstones lie among a towering forest of ebony and satinwood that has been plundered by treasure hunters and illegal loggers for whom Vadanagala has become a haven of profit.</p><br><p>It is the second highest peak Gal Oya Wildlife Sanctuary, so climbing to the top is dangerous and should be done with an experienced guide as the mountain is infested with wild elephants.</p><br><p>What to do: Sightseeing, elephant watching, bird watching, photography, hiking </p>

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