Keerimalai Hot Springs Jaffna

The Keerimalai Hot Spring is a natural spring located in the Keerimalai area of Jaffna. The source of the water is an underground fresh water spring in Tellipallai, Maviddapuram. The spring is considered as a holy pond, with many Hindu and other devotees patronizing it seeking miraculous healing, remedy for impotency, and physical wellbeing.

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Keerimalai Hot Springs

Recent research has found that the Keerimalai Spring is also connected to the Nilavarai Bottomless Well, which is located 10km away in the Puttur area. The Spring is segmented into two sections; an open section for males, and a closed section for females.

Getting There

From Jaffna city, proceed towards the Kankesanturai main road. At the Maviddapuram junction, take the turn left on to the Keerimalai Road. The journey from Jaffna is around 25km. The Keerimalai Pond is situated along with the Keerimalai Naguleswaram Kovil, both of which are at the Northern tip of Sri Lanka, along the Point Pedro Road.

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Sirappar Madam Ambalama

Sirappar Madam

By the side of the main road is also the Sirappar Madam, a rest-house built around the turn of the 19thcentury along with the Naguleswaram Kovil. It is believed that the Sirappar Ambalama and the Keerimalai Spring are all part of the Temple, and were highly patronized in the early days. The Madam was well equipped with large rooms, a kitchen and a store area, but it is mostly ruins that remain of the site at present. The entire premises may have been damaged and disregarded during Sri Lanka’s Civil War, but they seem to be finding their footing back again, with hundreds of visitors flocking to the area each day.


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