Pungudutivu Lighthouse in Jaffna

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An unknown Lighthouse
An unknown Lighthouse

Pungudutivu is an island in Jaffna peninsula separated from the mainland from east by a shallow channel approximately 3.5 km away. A 3.8 km causeway connects this island to mainland. A 1.75 km wide channel to Nainativu separates the island from the west.

The Pungudutivu lighthouse is located on the most southern corner of the island. No photograph of this lighthouse exits thus the status of structure is unknown.

Not much of information is available on this lighthouse.  This lighthouse is listed by NGA with focal plane 11 m (36 ft); white flash every 5 s. This light is described by NGA as a “stone building”.  An Indian Notice to Mariners reported this light deactivated in September 2016 but it was probably inactive for some time before that.  (Rowlett , 2022).

This tower is described as a white stone tower 25 feet high (Sailing Directions for the West Coast of India from point calimere to Cape Monze including the island of ceylon and the Maldive and Laccadive Islands 1942) and as a white stone beacon 25 feet high, with its summit 35 feet above high water (West Coast of India Pilot: From point calimere to Cape Monze, including Ceylon, pamban pass, and Palk Gulf 1920).

References

  • Sailing Directions for the West Coast of India from point calimere to Cape Monze including the island of ceylon and the Maldive and Laccadive Islands. 3rd edn (1942) edn. Washington: United States Government Printing Office.
  • West Coast of India Pilot: From point calimere to Cape Monze, including Ceylon, pamban pass, and Palk Gulf. 1st edn (1920) edn. Washington: Hydrographic Office under the authority of the Secretary of the Navy.
  • Rowlett , R. (2022) Lighthouses of Sri Lanka, Lighthouses of sri lanka. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Available at: https://www.ibiblio.org/lighthouse/lka.htm (Accessed: November 7, 2022).

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Map of Pungudutivu Lighthouse

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Travel Directions to Pungudutivu Lighthouse

Jaffna can be reached through 2 directions. 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)
Though : 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 to Pungudutivu Lighthouse
Through : Kayts Road
Distance : 30 km
Travel time : 50 minutes
Driving directions : see on Google map

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