Point Pedro Theru Moodi Madam (Ambalama) in Jaffna – යාපනය පේදුරු තුඩුව තේරු මෝදි අම්බලම

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The Ambalama structure at Theru Moodi Madam is another little gem in Jaffna which very few even knows of its existence. Ambalam (madam) in Jaffna Peninsula is generally different to the such structures in other areas. The Madam in this area are a generally a collection of number of structures with specific features.

  1. The Ambalama itself – The resting place for the people
  2. Goods store (Cumaitanki) – a platform of a about 3 feet high. This is used to keep the goods carried on the head or shoulders of the traveler and to load them back without a help of another person.
  3. Stone Pillar (Avurancikal) – A stone circular pillar errected close to the Ambalama. This is about 3-4 feet high and used for the cattle to relieve themselves from a itch called Thinavu by rubbing their bodies against the pillar.
  4. Pond (keni)  – Keni is a pond filled with water for the cattle to quench their thirst.
  5. Well (Kinaru) – This is a well for the traveler to bath or wash. Some wells are constructed in such a way that people could walk down to reach the water during dry seasons where the water level is low.

On your way to Point Pedro, there is diversion to the left called Thumpalai road, 150 meters  before the town. another 150 meters long the road, it will go through a structure which lies on both sides of the road with a new roof covering both and across the road.

This seems to have been built during the Dutch era as a resting place for pilgrims. Only the two corridors built with coral rock and the massive pillars exists. On one side there is a door which has now been sealed. This probably was the entrance to the inner chambers of the madam which no longer exists.

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Driving Directions to Point Pedro Theru Moodi Madam (Ambalama)

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
Route from Jaffna Town to Point Pedro Theru Moodi Madam (Ambalama)
Via : KKS road
Distance : 20 km
Travel time : 30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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