Soldier atop the spring walls
At the northern coast of Jaffna they have these wonderful springs. They are not warm, but the water is soothing and ethereal and the waves crash over the walls. Helicopters fly overhead. There is also a somewhat abandoned kovil nearby. There’s something strange about spring water. It handles light different, feels different, and is imbued with somehow more pleasantry. The Keerimalai springs are not warm like those in Kanniya (near Trinco), but they are as big as a swimming pool. It’s very nice, if you get there before the back-flipping kids.
At Kanniya you basically douse yourself with buckets. In Keerimalai you can go for a full swim. It’s surrounded by stone steps (slippery at the bottom, look out) and army helicopters fly really close overhead. The sea is right there, but a bit rough at that point, not exactly swimmable.
The springs are near an active kovil, and there’s an abandoned one near by, looking all mossy and Angkor Wat. Above is a temple priest on his way to work in a classic car. If you’re on the peninsula, it’s well worth a visit, and it’s near enough to Casuarina Beach.
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