Keeramale Sirappar Madam (Ambalama) in Jaffna – යාපනය කීරමලේ සිරාප්පර් අම්බලම

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The elaborate pandol at the entrance to the Keeramale Sirappar Madam (Ambalama) in Jaffna

The elaborate pandol at the entrance to the Keeramale Sirappar Madam (Ambalama) in Jaffna
Photo By : kumaran thanga

Keeramale Freshwater pool by the sea is one of the most popular destinations for travellers to Jaffna. But just before a spring near the Nakuleswaram Kovil lies an old worn down building with a fabulous arch gateway  with only walls remaining. Any tourist would probably take this building to being a abandoned kovil building or a building destroyed during the war and wouldn’t take a second look.

But this building turns out to be an old Ambalama, locally known as Sirappar Madam, one of the largest if not the largest Ambalams in the Country. This is also one of the very few ambalams in the Jaffna peninsula.

The history of Sirappar Madam is not known but was probably built for the pilgrims of Nakuleswaram Kovil and the Keeramale Freshwater Spring. This would have been a grand building at its height considering the current remains. The thick walls are made of coral stones and remains of a kitchen, store rooms, and chambers still can be identified today. The entrance to premises is through a impressive arch with a pandol. The pandol is filled with various symbols and statues of Hindu tradition.

To reach this site from Jaffna Town you need to take the Palali Road. Ask for Keerimalai from the local folks or any army check point. This is very popular place due to the freshwater pond.

The remains of the Sirappar Madam in Keeramale has been declared as an protected archaeological site and is open to public.

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Driving Directions to Keeramale Sirappar Madam (Ambalama)

Route from Jaffna Town to Keeramale Sirappar Madam (Ambalama)

Via : KKS road
Distance : 20 km
Travel time : 30 mins
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