Artificial lake Tissa Wewa with clouds and long time exposure, Hambantota District, Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka

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Tissa Wewa

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The centrepiece of the town and its surrounds is the lovely Tissa Wewa (Tissa Tank), a huge artificial lake. In the evening, check out the flocks of egrets that descend onto the trees around the lake to roost. The road along the southern edge has a wide Lakeside Walkway for strolling. Don't be tempted to swim here as crocodiles are sometimes spotted.

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