Ruins of the Manalkadu Dutch Church in Jaffna (යාපනය මනල්කඩු පුරාණ ඕලන්ද පල්ලිය නටබුන්)

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Manalkadu lies about 12 km off Point Pedro and on the eastern coast of Jaffna Penisula which is popular for its sand dunes along the sea.

This sleepy fishing village lies off the general path of tourists and only travelers to this area are the pilgrims to St St. Anthony’s Church lying close to the sea in the vast sandy land. On the route to this church and just before it, lies the ruins of an ancient Church built by the Dutch. Only the massive walls with arch entrances remain on this impressive structure.

With part of it buried under the sand due to the continued attack of sandy winds for over 100 years, this landmark provides a unique experience for the visitor. This building has been declared as a protected archaeological monument by the Department of Archaeology.

One other attraction you would also see is the replica of the 30-meter Christ the Redeemer statue of  Rio de Janeiro in Brazil at the new St. Anthony’s Church.

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Travelling directions to the Ruins of the Manalkadu Dutch Church

Jaffna can be reached through 2 directions. The first one is over the Elephant Pass which is the normal route to Jaffna. The other entrance is from Pooneryn over the newly built Sangupiddi Bridge. This road connects to Mannar.

Route 01 from Colombo to Jaffna (Through Kurunegala)Route 02 from Colombo to Jaffna (Through Puttalam)
Through : Kurunegala – Dambulla – Anuradhapura – Vavuniya
Distance : 400 km
Travel Time : 7-8 hours
Driving Directions : see on Google map
Through : Puttalam – Anuradhapura – Vavuniya
Distance : 400 km
Travel Time : 7-8 hours
Driving Directions : see on Google maps

Travel directions from Jaffna town to Ruins of the Manalkadu Dutch Church

Distance : 3.2 km
Travel time : 6 min
Time to spend : 15-30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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