Nilavarai Bottomless Well

Nilavarai Bottomless Well
Nilavarai Bottomless Well

Even though it is not sure that this well is really bottomless and even the depth is not calculated, according to the villagers this well has water throughout the year. You can’t empty it even you use many water pumps together and pump for several hours.

Nilavarai Bottomless Well
Steps to get down and bath

For the safely of the visitors, Nilavarai is surrounded by a wire mesh and a fence.

Nilavarai Bottomless Well
Nilavarai Bottomless Well

Even though we get fresh water from this well, bottom part becomes salty. Some believe that this pond connected to Keermalei Pond or even may have connection to the sea.

Nilavarai Bottomless Well
For the safely of the visitors, Nilavarai is surrounded by a wire mesh and a fence

This well is in Square shape and there is a separate path to get down to it. According to the religious believes, during their return journey, Rama felt thirsty and sent an arrow shot to the earth and that’s how this bottomless well was born. ss

(Update)How deep the bottom less well?
According to the exploration done by Sri Lanka Archeological department(Marine life unit) the middle of the well has 40 m depth. Water becomes more salty when it goes down. In between the depth of 10-20 m water become unclear and muddy. It became clearer again after 23/25m. But sunlight doesn’t reach that deep because of the muddy layer on top. According to them bottom later is almost similar to sea water. For more information on this finding, please refer this article appeared on Divaina newspaper(07 September 2014, written by Mr. Lalith Chaminda).

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