Most of the villagers are farmers and there is a significant proportion that fish.
In the 1990s there was a massive influx of people from Jaffna District. The small two ward government dispensary became one of the main hospitals in Mullitivu district.
Until it was declared as a separate DRO (Divisional Revenue Division), it was under Mullaithivu. Subsequently, when it was declared as a separate DRO division Mr Amirthalingam became the first DRO. Later it became the Divisional Secretary division with the administrative reforms.
Being mainly a farming community, the structure of houses were unique until about 1960s. The houses usually consisted of four blocks. There was a main lounge with half walls, a closed block with one door which was used as the bedroom, a kitchen and a store house for paddy.
The town was mostly destroyed during fighting between government troops and LTTE in 2009.
- Sri Subramanya Vidyalayam ( Earlier it was known as "Church of Ceylon Tamil Mixed School")
- Puthukkudiyiruppu Central college ( Earlier it was known as "Puthukkudiyiruppu Mahavidyalayam")
- Roman Catholic School
- Vikneswara Vidyalayam
- Sri Kandhaswami Temple
- Ulagalanth Vinaayagar Temple
- Sivanagar Sivan Temple
- Sri Muthumaariyamman Temple
- Kaaddamanakku Vinayagar Temple
- Sri Thurkai amman Temple
- Arasadi pillayaar Temple
- Mahavishnu Temple
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