Nilavarai bottomless well - Finally found the bottom

Nilavarai bottomless well - how deep is nilavarai bottom less well nilavarai bottomless well depth

The Nilavarai bottomless well is located in Puttur Navakkiri area, which is 16km from Jaffna town. This well is easy to reach via Point pedro - Jaffna Road and left turn on Puttur Road. or Raja Street / Raja pathai until Navakkiri Junction.

This well is caused by collapse of the top layer, exposing a limestone cavern connected to a underground water source. It is said that this well never dries up even during severe drought and the water is used by the farmers in the surrounding area. But Now a days water usage of this wall is limited. there are 2 reasons to limit water usage for farming

1)  Until 18.3 Meters of water is fresh water, when it goes deeper it getting salt water. So over usage of water may ruin the freshness.

2)  During this water usage of farming, they use water pump. The vibration from the water pump my damage lime stone and Some  Historical traces


Rama came with an army of monkeys to Sri Lanka 

Some stories say Nilavarai Bottomless well is related to ramayana. According to the story, Sita was captured by Ravana. and load Rama came with an army of monkeys to Sri Lanka and fight with Ravana to save seta. When they come to north part of Sri Lanka, Seta got thirsty. So Rama worship Load Shiva and through his arrow through the earth and get water for Seta thirsty. after that Load Rama built "Navasaileswarar" Temple and worship Load shiva.

Tadsana Kailaya Puranam - Which is written about Nallur kingdom mentions  "Navasaileswarar" Temple and Nilavarai Bottomless Well's history on a poem. 

Even though the old Navasaileswarar temple has been destroyed by the Portuguese. The Statues of the temple was hidden by the villages on a well. This new temple was built on 1948. Also we can find a ruined building on the left side of  Bottomless well. According to the villages knowledge, That was a Portuguese building. But there are no prove for that.

Nilavarai Bottomless well is a suicide point because of the deep. from 1996 to 2009 nilavarai bottom less well was in restricted area. It was under Sri Lanka military force. People are only allowed when "Navasaileswarar" Temple Annual Festival. 

After Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi visit to Sri Lanka, All ramayana related places become tourist place as per his request.

Found the bottom

Many people believe this well doesn't have a bottom. while discover the body of an elderly male in the well, Sri Lanka Navy found the bottom of the well. According to the information board at Nilavarai Bottomless well, A recent expedition carried out by the divers of Sri Lanka Navy with an automated robot managed to find the bottom of this mysterious well at the deep of 52.5 Meters. It was further discovered several tunnels , located at different levels, which lead toward different directions and some say the one tunnel is connected to Keerimalai Pond. The naval expedition further revealed that the first 18.3 meters of the well contains fresh water while the water after this point is deemed to be salty as it runs down. the navy divers were also able to find debris of three carts fallen in to the well. The well is treated to be a rare gift of mother nature and a place of iconic importance which attracts thousands of local and foreign travelers due to its resounding legends.


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Nilavarai bottomless well - Finally found the bottom
Nilavarai bottomless well - how deep is nilavarai bottom less well nilavarai bottomless well depth
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