Ruins of the Sangiliyan Mansion in Jaffna – සංගිලි මන්දිරයේ නටබුන්

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Ruins of the Sangiliyan Mansion in Jaffna

Ruins of the Sangiliyan Mansion in Jaffna
Photo By : Vignuthan Maheswaranathan

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.

Poothathamby Arch (Sangili Toppu) at Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Poothathamby Arch (Sangili Toppu) at Jaffna, Sri Lanka

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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
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