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Country  Sri Lanka
DS Division  Karachchi
Local time  Tuesday 12:38 AM
District  Kilinochchi
Province  Northern Province
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Time zone  Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+5:30)
Weather  26°C, Wind S at 3 km/h, 88% Humidity
Neighborhoods  Uruthirapuram, Kanesapuram, Union Kolam, Puthu Murippu, Jeyanthinagar, Thirunagar

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Kilinochchi (Tamil: கிளிநொச்சி, IAST Kilinocci, Sinhalese: කිලිනොච්චි) is the main town of Kilinochchi District, Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Kilinochchi is situated at the A9 road some 100 km (62 mi) south-east of Jaffna. It was the administrative center and de facto capital of the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) until 2 January 2009, when troops of the Sri Lankan Army recaptured the city.


Map of Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka

Sri lankan troops enter tamil tigers ltte terrorist final frontier kilinochchi 3 08 2008

Creation (1936)

The Kilinochchi town was established in 1936 as part of a colonization project that sought to ease overpopulation and unemployment in Jaffna.

Kilinochchi is still part of Jaffna electoral division and it was separated from the Jaffna district in the 1980s as a new district. Most of the people living in this district are farmers and related to agricultural work. Most of the people were migrated from Jaffna to acquire government grants for land and to engage in paddy (rice) cultivation. They were then migrated overseas (Europe, US, Canada, Australia, etc.) during the civil war (1990 onward). The population is rising again after the end of the civil war.

Sri Lankan Civil War

The LTTE first took hold of the town in 1990 when the Army withdrew its garrisons from Kilinochchi. Then the area was retaken by the Army during operations Sathjaya I, II, and III in September 1996. The town again fell into the LTTE's hand in September 1998 who held their administrative hub there until evacuating during the Battle of Kilinochchi on 2 January 2009.

Several institutions of the LTTE had been relocated from Kilinochchi to Tharmapuram, a town about 13 km in the east, by early October, 2008.


Most people living in Kilinochchi are Sri Lankan Tamils.


Kilinochchi is one of the major agrarian cultivation destinations in the island from the pre-historic times. Iranamadu (Ranamaduva) Tank, Kanakampikai Kulam (Pond), and Kilinochchi Kulam are the major irrigation source for paddy and various other cultivations.


Kilinochchi had a defunct station on the Sri Lanka Government Railway system, which is now put back to service.


Kilinochchi is served with all Jaffna- and Colombo-based newspapers. Jaffna-based Uthayan newspaper has a regional office in Kilinochchi.

There are allegations not to distribute Jaffna based newspapers in Vanni area especially the Uthayan newspaper. Uthayan is highly critical of inappropriate land acquisition in Jaffna peninsula and Vanni region by the Sri Lankan Military and Government.


This district has several Government Colleges such as Kilinochchi Central College, Hindu College, Uruthirapuram Maha Vidiyalayam school, Vaddakkachchi Maha Vidyalayam school, etc.


Kilinochchi Wikipedia

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