Sin: කන්තලේ kantalē – Tam: கந்தளாய் kantaḷāy
‘River Reservoir’ EP, Sri Lanka
From Sin: gan/ganga, ‘river, riverside’; and talla, ‘reservoir, large tank, pond’.
The Kantale reservoir, originally called Gangathala or Ganthalawa, was constructed in the 7thC and redeveloped by Parakramabahu the Great in the 12thC.
Its 4,000 hectares of water is drawn from the Mahaweli River, supplying drinking water and irrigating rice fields and sugarcane plantations.
For related place names see Sri Lanka Place names.