Ruins of the Manniththalai Shiva Kovil in Pooneryn – පූනරීන් මන්නිත්තලායි 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 tared. 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  12 km along the the sandy road along this road. As you travel along this road passing the sand dunes, you will come across the Manniththalai Jetty.

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Hundred meters past this jetty you will see  ruins of this Kovil behind a church on the land side. Remains of this kovil is now being protected by a building covering this structure.

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

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Map of Ruins of the Manniththalai Shiva Kovil in Pooneryn

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Traveling directions to Ruins of the Manniththalai Shiva Kovil in Pooneryn

Travel directions from Ruins of the Manniththalai Shiva Kovil in Pooneryn
Distance : 17 km
Travel time : 40  mins
Time to spend : 15-30 mins
Driving directions : see on Google map

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