|Country Sri Lanka|
DS Division Koralai Pattu North
|Local time Tuesday 4:50 AM|
Province Eastern Province
|Weather 25°C, Wind SW at 2 km/h, 93% Humidity|
Vakarai or Vaharai (Sinhalese: වාකරේ, Tamil: வாகரை), The Sinhala name වාකර is pronounced 'vākara'.It is a town in the Batticaloa District of Sri Lanka, located about 65 km Northwest of Batticaloa. The Anglicization vākari should be preferred to vāhari.
Map of Vakarai, Sri Lanka
This a predominant Tamil area, and headquarters the Koralai Pathu North Division with a population around 21,000. The residents are predominantly poor fishermen or farmers.
Vakarai was a strategically important city for the LTTE serving as a communication link between the Eastern Province and the Northern Province. Since 1985 it has served as a major battleground with its control often shifting between the Sri Lankan government, the Indian Peace Keeping Forces and the LTTE. the Karuna faction broke from the LTTE here and the LTTE was pushed out in 2007.