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Valikamam (Tamil: வலிகாமம் valikāmam, Sinhala: වැලිගම) is one of the three historic regions of Jaffna peninsula in northern Sri Lanka. The other two regions are Thenmarachchi and Vadamarachchi. Alternative spellings include Valikaamam or Valigamam.

Valikamam

வலிகாமம்
වලිකාමම්
Region
Valikamam is located in Sri Lanka
Valikamam
Valikamam
Coordinates: 09°45′N 80°01′E / 9.750°N 80.017°E / 9.750; 80.017Coordinates: 09°45′N 80°01′E / 9.750°N 80.017°E / 9.750; 80.017
Country Sri Lanka
ProvinceNorthern
DistrictJaffna
Largest cityJaffna
Divisional Secretariats
Area
 • Total344.2 km2 (132.9 sq mi)
Population
 (2007)
 • Total358,991
 • Density1,000/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (Sri Lanka)

EtymologyEdit

Valikamam translates to "the sandy village" in English. It is derived from the Tamil words vali (sand) and kamam (village). It is also an equivalent to the ancient name of Jaffna with the same meaning, Manaltidar or Manarridal.[1]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ragupathy, Ponnampalam (1987). Early Settlements in Jaffna: An Archaeological Survey. University of Jaffna: Thillimalar. p. 211.