Cankilian Thoppu

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Cankilian Thoppu

Cankilian Thoppu or arch of Cankili
Location in central Jaffna
Alternative names Poothathamby Arch
General information
Type Triumphal Arch
Location Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Coordinates 9°40′34.4″N80°02′09″E / 9.676222°N 80.03583°E / 9.676222; 80.03583
Owner Sri Lankan Government
Designations Archaeological protected monument (23 February 2007)

Cankilian Thoppu facade or Poothathamby arch, [1] simply known as Cankilian Thoppu (pronounced  [Cənəgɪlɪənə ʈəɦoːbəbʉ] ), is an ancient facade, and one of the remnants of the Jaffna kingdom. The arch is located on the Jaffna-Point Pedro Road, near Nallur, Jaffna. The Cankilian Thoppu is a archaeological protected monument in the Jaffna District and was listed as such by the Sri Lankan government in 2007. [2]

It is situated close to other physical remnants of the Jaffna kingdom and is believed to be part of the facade of the king's palace, even though its architecture style is typical of Dutch colonial architecture. The Cankilian Thoppu is located within the area known as the Pandiya Palace, which supports the connection with the Tamil kings and their kingdom. [3]

See also

Ruins of foundation of the Cankilian Thoppu, which is away from the current Cankilian Thoppu, and considered as another facade of the palace.


  1. "Poothathamby Arch (Sangili Toppu) in Jaffna".
  2. Gazette 1486 2007, p. 129.
  3. Giritharan, V.N. (1996). Nallur Rajadhani: City Layout. Sneka/Mangai Printers.