Periya Mandapam Limestone Caves in Jaffna – යාපනය පෙරිය මන්ඩපම් හුනුගල් ගුහා සංකීර්ණය

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Periya Mandapam Limestone Caves in Jaffna

Periya Mandapam Limestone Caves in Jaffna
Photo By : Alpha Sri

Very few visitors Jaffna know that there is lot more to this land than the Nagadeepa, Kadurugoda Viharaya, Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil and Point Pedro. Most of the Jaffna Peninsula is covered in coral rock and limestone. With granite almost non existent, all building constructions are carried out using these material.

There are number of limestone caves in Jaffna which is unknown to may travelers. Although not the most attractive, the Limestone Caves in Mayakkai are the most significant of these. Even with no formal excavation, three prehistoric hand axes and other tools have been discovered at this site. If the observations of the archaeologists are proved true, These axes belongs to Acheulean  type tools which were used from about 1.76 million years ago till about about 160,000 years ago.

The limestone caves at Periya Mandapam is a true wonder of nature. A large open pit exposes a circle of caverns spreading in all directions. A large Tamarind (Siyambala) Tree stands at the center of the pit providing a natural roof for the caves.

Although these caves have not being explored, they run far and wide as explained by one disappointed farmer owing land close to this cavern complex. The farmer after digging a well to water his crops found it opening it to a tunnel.

Unfortunately this wonderful creation of the nature lies in the middle of farmland unexplored and unprotected.

 

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Traveling Directions to Periya Mandapam Limestone Caves in Jaffna

Route 01 from Colombo to Jaffna

Route 02 from Colombo to Jaffna

Though : Kurunegala – Dambulla – Anuradhapura – Vavunia
Distance :400 km
Travel time : 7-8 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Through : Puttlam – Anuradhapura – Vavunia
Distance : 400 km
Travel time : 7-8 hours
Driving Directions : see on google maps

Route from Jaffna Town to  Periya Mandapam Limestone Caves

Though : Palali Road
Distance :27 km
Travel time : 50 mins
Time to spent : 45 min – 60 mins
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