Coordinates: 8°41′0″N 81°12′0″E / 8.68333°N 81.20000°E / 8.68333; 81.20000
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Nillaveli Beach
Nillaveli Beach
Nilaveli is located in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 8°41′0″N 81°12′0″E / 8.68333°N 81.20000°E / 8.68333; 81.20000
CountrySri Lanka
DS DivisionKuchchaveli

Nilaveli (Tamil: நிலாவெளி, romanized: Nilāveḷi; Sinhala: නිල්වැල්ල, romanized: Nilvælla) is a coastal resort town and suburb of the Trincomalee District, Sri Lanka located 16 km northwest of the city of Trincomalee. A historically popular Tamil village and tourist destination of the district alongside the nearby Uppuveli, the numbers of visitors declined following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and Sri Lankan Civil War, but have risen again since 2010. Pigeon Island National Park, one of the two marine national parks of the region is situated 1 km off the coast of Nilaveli, its many species of vegetation, coral and reef fish contributing to Nilaveli's rich biodiversity.


Pronounced "Nilāveli", "Nilā" extolls the night's moon-shine over the "vèli", a Sri Lankan Tamil language term for land or open-space.


10th century inscription[edit]

The 10th century CE Tamil Nilaveli inscriptions mention the Koneswaram temple as having received a land grant in the Tamil country of one thousand seven hundred and ten acres (two hundred and fifty four vèli) of dry and wet land to meet its daily expenses - revealing the temple's role in providing various services to the local community by 900-1000 CE.[1][2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Journal of Tamil studies. Tamil Nadu: International Association of Tamil Research, International Institute of Tamil Studies. 1980. p. 33. ISSN 0022-4855. OCLC 1773647.
  2. ^ Pathmanathan, S. (1978). "The Kingdom of Jaffna". 1. University of London/Colombo : Arul M. Rajendran: 56. OCLC 6530926. The Nilaveli inscription describes the land grant to the Maccakesvaram (another name for Koneswaram) temple of Konamamalai from the localities Urakirikamam, Kirikanta and Kirikamam {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

Further reading[edit]

  • Gunasingham, S. (1975). "A Tamil slab inscription at Nilaveli". 1 (1). Colombo: The Ceylon Journal of the Humanities: 61–71. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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