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Tellippalai is located in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 9°47′0″N 80°2′0″E / 9.78333°N 80.03333°E / 9.78333; 80.03333
Country Sri Lanka
Province Northern
District Jaffna
DS Division Valikamam North

Tellippalai or Thellippalai (Tamil: தெல்லிப்பழை Tellippaḻai[1]) is a small town in the northern Jaffna District of Sri Lanka.

It was a mission location when the American Ceylon Mission (ACM) came to Sri Lanka in the 19th century. It was known as Tillipally in ACM documents. There are number of schools some which were founded by ACM and churches and JHindu Temples in the village.

The First English School of Jaffna, which led to Union College, was founded in Dutch Hall in 1816 by the Rev. Daniel Poor, an American citizen. At that time, the bitter consequences of the War of 1812 had soured the feelings of the governor of the British colony of Ceylon, Robert Brownrigg, against all Americans. In 1813 he refused permission for the first batch of American-Ceylon Missionaries of New England[citation needed] to settle in Colombo.

They were sent to the arid Jaffna peninsula, permitted to occupy only Dutch buildings, and refused permission to proselytize in Jaffna or Point Pedro. Brownrigg also refused them a charter to provide higher education. The Rev. Samuel Newell arrived on September 7, 1813 on the Jaffna peninsula and occupied the Tellippilai Union premises, which at that time consisted of dilapidated and snake-infested structures dating back to the Portuguese of the 16th century.

Sri Durgadevi Temple of Tellippali, in the North of Jaffana in Sri Lanka, has become one of the most popular places of Siva worship in the last few years. The early history of this temple is shrouded in mystery.

Mahajana English High School is founded by Pavalar T. A. Thuraiappahpillai in 1910.

1949 - Raised to Grade I school

1961 - College is raised to Super Grade status.

1962 - The College is vested in the Crown as from 1 February and becomes a Government Institution for all intents and purposes.

1976 - Mr. P. Kanagasabapathy becomes the Principanl

1976 Oct - Former Principal Mr. T.T. Jeyaratnam passes away.

1990 - Mahajana temporarily moves to Alaveddy Arunothaya College.

and later moves to Pandatharippu Girls College next year.

On September 15, 1999 Mahajana College moved back to the original location at Ambanai.

This village is sometime spelled "Thellipallai".


  • Union College
  • Mahajana College


Coordinates: 9°47′N 80°2′E / 9.783°N 80.033°E / 9.783; 80.033