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|• Type||Urban Council|
|• Chairman||Rapiyel Thevasagayampillai (TNA)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone)|
Chavakachcheri (Tamil: சாவகச்சேரி Cāvakaccēri, Sinhala: ජාවකච්චේරි Jāvakachchēri) is a large town in the Jaffna peninsula of Jaffna District, Northern Province, Sri Lanka. It may have Javanese origins, as the name "Chaavaka+cheari" literally means Javanese settlement (there are also some references to a Javanese fort in northern Sri Lanka). The town may date back to the Southeast Asian occupation of Yalpanam, where certain settlements and forts were established by Chandrabhanu to maintain hegemony over the overseas colony. The town is governed by an Urban Council. Chavakachcheri has been badly devastated in the Sri Lankan Civil War. Today, the government and the people of Chavakachcheri have rebuilt the town, but the population remains drastically lower than the pre-war years.
The 111-year-old Chavakachcheri Hindu College, a high school, is a leading center of education in the town.
- Javanese History, Spread of Javanese Rule from Madagascar to South Pacific
- The Civil Wars of Sri Lanka during 13th to 15th Century
- Wars waged for the Possession of the Tooth Relic
- Chaavakachcheari Etymology
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