Nilavarai Bottomless Well
Nilavarai Bottomless Well
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Resh
Colombo, Sri Lanka7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
I was curious to visit this place. As I have read about this before. Quite a deserted place, that could be developed a bit more. But then again it was a 40 min drive from the Jaffna Town.
Written 17 September 2021
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TwoMumsTravelling
Colombo, Sri Lanka52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Such an unusual sight. really intriguing.Not many tourists or people there. We walked down to the water.
Written 18 October 2020
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Harshana Piyasinghe
Kandy, Sri Lanka176 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Friends
People have started calling it as bottomless well since they could not see the end / bottom of this well. But Sri Lanka navy has found the total depth is 52 m. They have done some tests to find more details about it. Still certain things about this well is under research. It takes about 30 mins to reach here from Jaffna town.
Written 6 September 2020
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Barney P
San Francisco, California, United States88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The most accessible of Jaffna "bottomless wells," I took my Tamil staff there to appreciate its geologic treasure and groundwater message. Easy to find, lots of ground to walk around and get your feet wet in the well. Shaded areas, benches, and a link to nature
Written 25 October 2019
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Dinuka
Panadura, Sri Lanka11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
This place is very calm and nice.
Families and small group of friends can visit this place.
Entrance fee is cheaper.
Written 29 August 2019
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Seevali D
Colombo, Sri Lanka8,683 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
This natural, age-old water well is said to be bottomless because it has water throughout the year never drying up even during a drought. It is an item of archaeological significance in Jaffna.
Our guide narrated a legend related to the well - going back to the life of Rama, the famous Indian prince of Ramayana fame. Apparently, his wife Sita, on her way back to India was very thirsty but could not find any water nearby. Rama shot an arrow into the earth creating this well.
Coming back to reality, we learnt that during an expedition carried out by the Sri Lanka Navy using an automated robot incorporating a camera, the depth was determined to be 52.5 metres. Though the water in the first 18 metres was fresh, it became saline further below. Apparently, there exist several tunnels at various depths leading away from the well. It is said that one of these tunnels connect to the Keeramalai freshwater springs about 10 km away.
The expedition also located two carts and a skeleton at the bottom of the well. These had been subsequently removed.
There are steps leading into the well. These were in use until recent times, when bathing and swimming within were permitted - but not anymore - due to danger of drowning. Some pigeons have made homes within some holes in the well-walls.
Three tubewells located within close proximity to the bottomless well provide drinking water to three nearby towns. The caretaker from the Water Department was testing the ph value of water whilst I was there.
Nilavarai is listed and protected as an Archaeological Reservation by the government.
Written 15 July 2019
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Tonytourist
Montesson, France684 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
We were passing so we stopped to look. The well was full of rubbish. It's not bottomless. The Navy measured it as about 58 metres deep.
Written 11 March 2019
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Josephdas
Jaffna, Sri Lanka6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
Not as exciting as you expect. You see it as only an ordinary well. Botemless you have to imagine....but true....
Written 15 January 2019
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Tharmakulasinga... J
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
Its quite a hidden little treasure...you have to know where to look to find it, but most of the tuk tuk drivers will know. Its flanked by a little shop and a hindu temple, the waters are dirty and the surrounding area is poorly kept, but the mystery surrounding this is quite interesting. There is a theory that there is a connection from this well to the Matale tank which is hundres of miles away, tests were apparently done on the water at both locations which indicated that they had the same readings. However no one knows for sure where the water originates, or how deep the well actually is. Divers have tried on many occasions to assess the depth, to no avail. Legend has it that Hanuman shot his arrow to quench Rama's thirst, and this is where the arrow landed.
I think if it was better maintained, this could be a fabulous little treasure trove. I wouldn't go visit it again, the stories and theories behind it held more appeal to me.
Written 30 August 2018
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Vachintha Piyadasa
Colombo, Sri Lanka1,835 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Friends
Nilavarai Well, also known as the "Bottomless Well" is one of the most famous sites in Jaffna. Its called "bottomless" because it has water throughout the year and does not dry up even during droughts. An interesting fact about this is that water within the first 40 feet is fresh which turns saline thereafter. This well has fascinating legends attached to it, where most of them tracing to the "Ramayanaya". The interesting history of this place and its uniqueness makes it absolutely worth the visit. Something diverse and unbelievable!
Written 16 August 2018
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