Traveling about 900 meters on the Point Pedro road from the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil in Jaffna you will come across a arch of a colonial building right next to the road with a canopy covering it from the elements of nature. This lone arch is know as the Sangili Toppu or Poothathamby Arch. Some believe that as the entrance to the place of the last regional king of Jaffna, King Sangili.
The general consensus is that this was the entrance to mansion of a wealthy tamil individual Poothathamby, a local administrator from the Dutch period. Thus this arch is known as Poothathamby Arch.
Irrespective of its origin, few hundred feet away from this structure you will come across foundation of a building which is generally thought as a part of the Sangili Toppu building complex. Next to this lies a large artificial pool now restored after the war. This foundation has been now designated as a protected archaeological monument.
Map of Ruins of the Sangiliyan Mansion
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Traveling directions to Ruins of the Sangiliyan Mansion
Travel directions from Jaffna town to Ruins of the Sangiliyan Mansion
|Distance : 5 km|
Travel time : 10 min
Time to spend : 15-30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map