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Notes on the Geography of Sri Lanka: Paingamuwa

Paingamuwa is a ribbon of houses along a road south from the University of Peradeniya.  It's also a village fringing the Mahaweli Ganga.  Some of it is paddy; some, mostly farther from the river, is upland planted to other crops. 

 

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Front yard of a prosperous villager's house.

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Tropical fruits, like this mango, are everywhere.

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See the jackfruit?  They're green and about the size of an American football.

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Yes, the dog's exuberance is a bit mystifying.

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Midway up the stairs, an abandoned rice mill sits in the shack.

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The old mill.

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Down by the river, extensive paddy fields survive.  The owner of the garden in the previous pictures owns five acres here--a principality, by local standards.

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Threshing ground in the paddy area; the uplands on both sides of the deniya are also cultivated, though mostly in tree crops.

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Here, an owner has decided to try cassava instead of profitless paddy.

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The cassava here has been harvested.

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Behind the cassava sticks and the paddy fields, you can make out the horizontal line of an irrigation canal.

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A gate along the channel.

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A shrine that has outlasted its tree.

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Path in the upland.

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This may looks like an unkempt forest, but most of the trees have edible products that are regularly harvested.

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Seasonally flooded land along the river

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The flow of the Mahaweli Ganga is limited here by an upstream reservoir.


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