Dedduwa Lake is a freshwater lake located in the Galle District of Southern Province, Sri Lanka. It is one of the largest lakes in the country, with a surface area of over 1,800 hectares. The lake is surrounded by marshy wetlands, paddy fields, and mangroves.
Dedduwa Lake is a popular tourist destination, known for its scenic beauty and diverse wildlife. The lake is home to a variety of birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. Visitors can enjoy boating, fishing, and birdwatching on the lake. There are also a number of hotels and resorts located around the lake, offering a variety of accommodation options.
Dedduwa Lake is also home to the Lunuganga Estate, a country estate designed by Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. The estate is now open to the public and offers tours of its gardens and buildings.
In addition to its natural beauty, Dedduwa Lake is also important for its cultural and historical significance. The lake is believed to have been created by King Parakramabahu II in the 12th century. It was also an important centre for trade and commerce during the colonial period.
The “Dedduwa” project has potential to be the only one of its kind in Asia. It is based on the concept of a nature-immersive, conservation-based, experientially rich, leisure sector development that will become a showpiece for the country.
The Deduwa Deduwa Tourism Project
The 1,800-acre site is adjacent to the Dedduwa Lake, in close proximity to the Bentota Tourism Zone. A rich eco-system comprising paddy, marsh, wetlands and mangroves provides a quiet, serene and rural atmosphere featuring interesting biodiversity.