The Kandarodai stupas are the remnants of a Buddhist temple and burial place right in the centre of Jaffna Peninsula. The stupas are from the ancient period. But according to legend, in the 16th century the famous Jaffna king Sangili harassed Buddhist monks, 60 Bhikkus left Jaffna to migrate to India. When they stayed in Kandarodai, they received alms-givings from locals. But the mushroom curry was poisoned and all of monks died. Afterwards burial stupas were constructed enshrining the relics of those monks.
St Anthony’s Church is a ruin of a Dutch colonial building. It’s the rare example of a church built of coral stone. Parts of the remnants are covered by sand. This area belongs to the longest sand dune of Sri Lanka. The name of the location, Manalkadu, translates to sand-bush.
The name „Point Pedro“ refers to both a city on the Jaffna Peninsula and the northermost point of Sri Lanka. The Tamil name of the city is Paruttittuṟai, which translates to „Cotton Harbour“. The Sinhalese name of the town is „Peduru Tuduva“. The extreme point (9°50′8″N 80°12′44″E) is located 432 km north of Dondra Head, which is the southernmost Point of the island.
Nuwan Chinthaka Gajanayaka