This land which is situated in Meepe village in Galle district - Sri Lanka is very close to Beautiful Koggala Lake & Beach. Koggala reservoir is a natural lake and one of the largest natural lakes in Sri Lanka. It is comprised with several islands. The Temple Island, Modol Doova, Bird Island and the Cinnamon island are the most popular islands scattered in the lake. The lake is rich in birdlife and mangroves. The Koggala Reservoir, which is spread over a large area, is a popular destination for both local and foreign tourists for recrational activities.
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A villa house with a pool as per the site plan is proposed on this land. The proposal has already been approved by the council. Our company is going to sell this propery in one of the options we have proposed below.
1. Joint venture so that investor can join as a director of our sister company which has already been established or with new company. (This proposal for foreign investor.)
2. Joint venture so that investor can join as a director of investor own company (This proposal also for foreign investor)
3. Investor can use the proposed villa constructed by our company for tourism.
4. Investor buy the property and proposed villa get it constructed by our company.
5. Investor buy the land with the approved plans and invest on his own.
Surrounding area in Koggala attracts tourists who visit to Sri Lanka from various countries. Koggala is located on the southern face of Sri Lanka. Koggala museum is the home of former famous writer Martin Wickramasinghe. Koggala town has a valuable culture, custom, and folks. Koggala is an ideal place for travelers aptitude of Sinhala culture and tradition. Koggala museum consists of wood, furniture, traditional masks and costumes of folk dancers. Visitors can enjoy the boat trips in the lagoon and Koggala lake to explore other tiny islands and the bio diversity around the Koggala site. Koggala is a perfect place for bird watching. Hundreds of birds are coming roost at evening.
The lagoon itself is a rainfed one with its supportive connected canal system, with an
approximate surface area of 7.27 sq km. Depth of the lake ranges within 1-3.7 m and maximum
length is 4.8 km and width is 2 km. Warabokka Ela (Koggala Oya) act as the main fresh water
supply from NW side, and Mudiyansege-Ela and Thittagalla Ela combined Kerena anicut is the
second largest freshwater supply. Then Heen Ela provides a minor supply of fresh water to
the lake. Other than that the fresh water inflows like Kahanda Ela, Gurukanda Ela and
Thelambu Ela are abandoned with the overgrown vegetation conditions. The lagoon outlet is
the is the 300m long Pol-Oya Canal towards the Indian ocean.
With the increased salt water intrusion towards the lake; the inbound biodiversity was at risk; which was resulted by the destruction of the natural groyne. The groyne kept the lake waters protected from the salination and the new groynes are now there also supporting the landward sand motion. But the supportive damages done by the tsunami which has effected the biodiversity of the lagoon by decreasing the shrimp and fish populations over time. After the replacement of the groynes; the salinity of the lake waters are constantly tested.
The lagoonal hydro-catchment consists with a 55sqkm area which is basically occupied by various land use practices like paddy farming and small scale fishing industries. And also Koggala Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) industrial zone consists with 91 ha within the catchment.
Koggala in comparison with the constituents; like Weligama and Unawatuna in down south tourism zone is less exposed towards tourism. Since those competitive sub destinations within the zone creates a major threat, the intensity of the unexplored increases; power of the potentials become diluted. Koggala Lake has been a greater support under the conditions generated within the “World War II ” as the largest flying boat base in the Eastern World. Koggala also becomes so unique with its location that meets International commercial routes of sea, rail line, the airport and major roadways at the same place.
DIYAPARA – Dillenia suffruticosa
GODAPARA – Dillenia retusa
DIVI KADURU – Pagianth dichotoma
GON KADURU – Cerbera odollam
KIRALA – Sonneratia caseolaris / Sonneratia alba
DIYA KIRILLA – Hydrolea zeylanica
MAL KADOL – bruguiera sexangula
MHA KADOL –Rhizophora apiculate
KARAN KOKU – acrostichum aureum
SEA MANGO – Cerbera manghas
ELEPHANT APPLE PLANT - Dillenia triquetra
BENGAL MONITOR - Varanus bengalensis
ASIAN WATER MONITOR - Varanus salvator
SRI LANKA CAT SNAKE – Boiga ceylonensis
WALKING CATFISH – Clarias brachysoma
HORADANDIYA - Horadandia atukoli
THILAPIA - Oreochromis niloticus
GREEN CHROMIDE - Etroplus suratensis
MALPULUTTA - Malpulutta kretseri
The lagoon itself has a unique biodiversity related settings and features which act as
potentials for eco tourism. It’s the most special within the major features connecting with
the longer beach. The beautiful scattered islands within the lake provides habitat for
unique ecotone fauna and flora species generating a greater experience in a lush green
environment for the culturally strange users and also the local users.
There are seven islands in the lagoon, that can be reached by boat. The most famous of the
islands is ‘Madol Doova' (Mangrove Island Sinhala: මඩොල් දූව)’, which is described in detail
by Martin Wickramasinghe in his novel, Madol Doova. Tourists can witness the varying species
of Mangrove, about ten of which are endemic to Sri Lanka. Wildlife of these islands
inherited to a wide variety of flora and fauna, like monitor lizards and a number of birds.
In addition to wildlife and the scenery, Kathaluwa Buddhist Temple (Kathaluwa Purvarama Maha
Vihara) is one of the main tourist attractions in the lagoon with Kandyan-style paintings
dated 19th century. Some images include colonial rulers and strangely Queen Victoria herself
to commemorate her support for local Buddhism in the face of British missionary
1. Warabokka-ela stream;
2. Heen-ela stream;
3. Thiththagalle-ela stream;
4. Mudiyansege-ela stream;
5. Kerena anicut.
in the first three months are usually favourable for tourists for a less interrupted experience with the rain conditions. And if the tourists are willing to observe and experience the environmental changes parallel to the weather changes; they can stay for longer periods. The availability of both seafood and freshwater food types becomes another potential for eco-tourism since the Sri Lankan food culture also is a supportive pole for the attraction of the cultural strangers. Specially the fresh water crab fishery in the lagoonal area can be profited with proper management of the fresh water inflow and the sea water inflow since it affects the crab populations growth conditions as well as the other endemic species types and overfishing also should be avoided respecting the current food security trends. The boat rides are essential to have a greater experience of the lagoon and the effects of the islands for both local and foreign tourists. But the generated waves of the excessive use of the boats might cause erosion of the islands and the lake edges. Therefor conserving and managing the edges of the islands with the increased and properly maintained edge vegetations preserving the character of the area is a must as a long-term strategy. The day to day activities of the local; specially contextual eco-cultural activities are curiosity generators of the cultural strangers(tourists) and it resembles the character of the destination. So for increasing destination characteristics the unique local eco-socio-cultural activities become a major influential factor. (Ritipanna fishery, Lagoonal Crab fishery…) The tourism based activity generating points like floating fish therapy bases might keep these boat trails interesting to explore whilst keeping the primary interest towards the sub destinations of the lake islands and their culturally valued places like the old temples like Weduwa Buddhist Monastery, Kathaluwa Old Temple and Thalathuduwa Temple and the vernacular architectural representations like Martin Wickramasinghe House and Folk Museum.
The concept of the tank, the dageba, the village and the temple of the past brings joy to our minds, but we are not left with the space to remain the same in the present and future social complexities. But we who love the tank, we must turn to the concept of taking a break or getting closer to the tank. That is why we need to explore a new concept that has been incorporated into the tank in anticipation of the tourism industry to protect the tank.
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