Kokavil transmission tower

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Kokavil transmission tower
Tamil: கொக்காவில் தொலைத்தொடர்பு கோபுரம்
Sinhala: කොකාවිල් සම්ප්‍රේෂණ කුළුණ
Kokavil transmission tower is located in Sri Lanka
Kokavil transmission tower
Location within Sri Lanka
General information
Status Complete
Type Multi-functional transmission tower
Architectural style lattice tower
Location Kokavil, Mullaitivu, Sri Lanka
Country Sri Lanka
Coordinates 09°16′10.85″N 80°24′28.96″E / 9.2696806°N 80.4080444°E / 9.2696806; 80.4080444
Completed 1982 (Restored in 2011)
Opening 6 June 2011[1]
Demolished 2006[2]
Cost LKR 330 million
Roof 174 m (571 ft)[1]

Kokavil transmission tower, often nicknamed Kokavil Tower, is a 174 m (571 ft) tall multi-functional transmission tower at Kokavil, Mullaitivu, Sri Lanka, which uses to TV, radio and telecommunication transmissions as well as military communication.[3] Its mast structure is made of lattice steel.


Kokavil transmission tower was built in 1982 as a part of grant-aid by the Government of Japan. It was a guyed mast tower. It provided analog television transmission on VHF band of frequencies to the Northern part of the island beyond Vavuniya. Kokavil area came under the control of Tamil Tigers in 1990. Before this the Kokavil Tower had been destroyed by the LTTE.[4] However, the Tamil Tigers had utilized the location for their transmissions, including Voice of Tigers using a smaller temporary tower. In 2006, it was bombed and destroyed by Sri Lankan Air Force.[2][5]

Restoration/New tower[edit]

After the end of civil war, Government of Sri Lanka rebuilt the tower by spending 330 million Sri Lankan Rupees at a location closer to the original site. Now, the tower provides digital television transmission (using DVB-T2) and Analog television transmission to to the Northern part of Sri Lanka.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Kokavil Tower is the tallest transmission Tower in South Asia". Northen Provincial Council of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Sri Lanka Air force bombed and destroyed Rs.30 million worth of LTTE's Radio Tower and equipment at Kokkavil". Asian Tribune. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "President opens Kokavil tower today". Daily News (Sri Lanka). Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Kokavil Tower - The Communication Bridge to reconciliation". Ministry of Defence and Urban Development - Sri Lanka. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "SLAF bombs broadcast tower in Vanni". LankaNewspapers. Retrieved 19 April 2014.