Nilavarai Well, anatural underground water well, considered to be bottomless has many legends adding to the mysteries that encircle it.
According to legend, Seetha, wife of Rama, while on the return journey to India was overcome with thirst and as there was no water to be found, Rama had gallantly shot an arrow on to the earth creating a well.
On the more factual shade the well provides fresh water to the area around and is a source of water for domestic and irrigational purposes. Two attempts by various scientific groups had failed to identify the bottom of this well or its water source while some believes it to be connected to the freshwater ponds in Ayiyakachchi and Keerimalei through an underground river.
The surroundings of the well is scattered with the ruins of a Buddhist monastery yet to be excavated while some Buddha statues found from the vicinity could be found at the Jaffna museum
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