Ruins of the Kavutharimunai Shiva Kovil in Pooneryn – පූනරීන් කවුතරිමුනෙයි ශිව කෝවිල නටබුන්

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If you take the lesser traveled route to Jaffna through Pooneryn, there are number of places which you could visit on the Sand Bar below the Jaffna Peninsula. This land mass is about 22 kilometers long. The road is not tarred. The whole land mass is a sandy beach stretching to the horizon only disturbed by a remote house, church or a army check point.

Ruins of old Shiva kovil can be found  9 km along the the sandy road which lies just before the Sangupiddy bridge along the Pooneryn – Jaffna road. As you travel along this road you will come across a St. Anthony’s church and the sub post office of Kavutharimunai.

Five hundred meters past the church you will see  come across a tiny road to the left which will lead to these ruins. Remains of this kovil is now being protected by a building covering this structure. There is a another smaller ruined kovil building in the eastern side of this main Kovil.

Remains of this kovil  was declared as a protected archaeological monument  on 12 June 2015. 

Alternate Names : Gawutharimunai, Kawtharimunai, kawutharimunai, Gawtharimunai, Kowtharimunai

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Distance : 14 km
Travel time : 30  mins
Time to spend : 15-30 mins
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