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PALAVI

  • 11 August 2017
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PALAVI (607) in Kuruvikkulam division, Puttalam pattu, Puttalam pattu division, Puttalam District.

Distance and Situation.- 4 miles south of Puttalam on the Chilaw road.

Public Works Department Lines.- On a wind – swept plain in the angle formed by the Chilaw and Akkara pattu roads, they are most favorably situated for purposes of isolation, as it was found on the occasion when cholera broke out here in 1891. ( Administration Report, 1891, Puttalam District.)

Derivation.- Tradition has it that the place received its names from the fact that water to be obtained here was as white as milk.

Palavi Kalpitiya road (B349)

Salt pans and Stores.

Canal and Ferry.- The canal at Palavi “silts up so fast, that during certain seasons padda, boats, when heavily laden with salt, have to unload in order to get into the canal.” (Administration Report, 1868.) A steam dredge was ordered out from England to the inhabitants of this side of the lake. The bridge, as I have mentioned, has been built by the Public Works Department, but the approaches, which have been undertaken by the District Road Committee, will not be completed till 1869. This is more difficult work than I anticipated. The distance from the land to the bridge, which requires to be filled up, is 30 yards on the western and 180 yards on the eastern side. I estimated the expense at 7 ½ d. a cubic yard, but a cubic yard very soon sinks into nothing, as it settles down into the mud, and it takes at least two cubic yards to make one cubic yard of firm earth. The work, however, will, I think, be substantial when finished, and will improve and deepen the canal by narrowing the waterway.” (Administration Report, 1868.)

Toll Rents.- The following statements shows the year and the amount realized therein from the toll rents for the canal at this village :- 1895, Rs. 3,250 ; 1896, Rs. 3,000 ; 1897, Rs. 3,110 ; 1898, Rs. 3,050 ; 1899, Rs. 3,640 ; 1900,Rs. 3,520 ; 1901, Rs. 3,430 ; 1902, Rs. 3,900.

Road Toll.- Palavi – kalpitiya. This toll realized a sum of Rs. 1,700 in 1902, when it was first established and recovered.

Population.- 1881 : 14 houses ; 23 males, 12 females, 35 persons. 1891 : 8 houses ; 10 males, 8 females, 18 persons. 1901 : 15 houses ; 24 males, 16 females, 40 persons.

Race.- 4 Low – country Sinhalese ; 1 Kandyan ; 22 Tamils ; 5 Malays ; 8 Others.

Religion.- 12 Christians ; 1 Buddhist ; 22 Hindus ; 5 Muhammadans.

Literacy.- 10 males, 6 females literates ; 3males, 4 females English literates.

Age.- 0 -5 4 males , 3 females ; 5 – 15 2 males, 4 females ; 15 -30 12 males, 7 females ; 30 – 55 6 males , 2 females.

Occupations.- 2 Pasture and agriculture ; 5 traders ; 1 professional ; 13 labourers ; 1 other ; 18 dependents.

P.C. – Puttalam

(GAZETTEER of the PUTTALAM DISTRICT  of  the NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE of CEYLON – FRANK MODDER F.R.G.S.  – 1908)


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