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Palali is located in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 9°48′0″N 80°05′0″E / 9.80000°N 80.08333°E / 9.80000; 80.08333
Country Sri Lanka
Province Northern
District Jaffna
DS Division Valikamam North

Palali (Tamil: பலாலி) is a small town in the North Sri Lankan city of Jaffna. It has an important airport. Both military and small civilian aircraft land there. It is one of the main transport service connections Jaffna Peninsula with the rest of the country.

Palali Military Base[edit]

Palali is in a High Security Zone declared by the Sri Lanka Armed Forces of an area of less than 25 square kilometers due to the civil war. The former residents of the area have been evacuated; although it was initially claimed that this was due to security reasons subsequent research by a number of non governmental organisations has cast doubt on this claim.[1][2][3]

Limited resettlement began in 2002 but was not completed. In 2013 the Government of Sri Lanka attempted to put their claim to this land on a legal footing by claiming that the land was needed for a "public purpose" and that the previous inhabitants of the land could not be found. 2176 previous inhabitants of the land came forward to challenge this ruling in court, the case is ongoing.[4]

The Palaly Military Base houses the Security Forces Headquarters - Jaffna and is in close proximity to the naval base; SLNS Uttara at Kankasanturai and air base; Jaffna Airport. There is also a military hospital in Palali.

Palali Air Base[edit]

SLAF Palaly served as the main lifeline in the Jaffna Peninsula, as there was no land supply route to the peninsula until 2009. Till then much of the essential food items, medicines for the civilians and the armed forces as well as ammunition were brought regularly via air to the SLAF Palaly.

Radio stations[edit]

  • Palali Sevaya (Sinhala) / YAL FM(Tamil)) 102.0 MHz
  • VasanthamFM (Tamil) / VFM (Tamil) 97.0 MHz

Television stations[edit]

  • VasanthamTV (Tamil) / VTV (Tamil) 25 UHF


Coordinates: 9°48′N 80°05′E / 9.800°N 80.083°E / 9.800; 80.083