Thenmarachchi

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Thenmarachchi
தென்மராட்சி
තෙන්මරච්චි
Region
Thenmarachchi is located in Sri Lanka
Thenmarachchi
Thenmarachchi
Coordinates: 09°42′N 80°12′E / 9.700°N 80.200°E / 9.700; 80.200Coordinates: 09°42′N 80°12′E / 9.700°N 80.200°E / 9.700; 80.200
Country  Sri Lanka
Province Northern
District Jaffna
Largest town Chavakacheri
Divisional Secretariats
Area
 • Total 229.4 km2 (88.6 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Total 55,478
 • Density 240/km2 (630/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+05:30 (Sri Lanka)

Thenmarachchi is one of the three historic regions of Jaffna peninsula in northern Sri Lanka. The other two regions are Vadamarachchi and Valikamam. Thenmarachchi is sometimes spelt Thenmarachi, Thenmaraachi or Thenmaraadchi. This area, like the entire Jaffna peninsula, is populated mostly by Tamil people and was for many years under the de facto control of the "Tamil Tigers".

Etymology[edit]

Thenmarachchi translates to "possession of southerners" or "rule of the southerners" in English. It is derived from the Tamil words thenmar (southerners) and achchi (possession or rule).[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vadamaraadchi". TamilNet. 22 January 2009.