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Thursday, October 9, 2014

History of Kanniya hot water wells

According to the information boards at the site, Kanniya Hot water springs in Trincomalee dates back to the King Ravana era.

It says that King Ravana stuck the earth with his sword in several spots and s
everal fountains sprang from these points. The water was hot and this was the beginning of these hot water springs.

The entrance is a part of a Buddhist monastery and Bhikkhus used it as a part of their complex.

There are some old ruins scattered over the area. Most of the historical artefacts were destroyed in the war time. The name 'Kanniya' came from Kal = stone; niya = land

There are seven wells in a square shape. Wells are only 3-4 feet deep and you can clearly see the bottom.

People are not allowed to use soap at the wells. The temperature is considerably high but vary from one spring to another.

Wells run out of water, when 10-15 buckets of water are taken out. So, people move from one well to another, in search of water.

Seven Wells

The wells are not deep. There are some other building in the premises. There is a Hindu temple close by.