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Vil-paṟṟu/ Vil-pattu

வில்பற்று/ வில்பத்து
Vil-paṟṟu/ Vil-pattu

Vil+paṟṟu
Vil+pattu


The administrative division or sub-division of ponds and marshes

Vil also Villu: natural pond, usually formed in sinkholes and in hollow or shallow spots such as the ones caused by surface collapse in limestone terrain; marsh, usually freshwater marsh found in shallow places, abandoned tanks etc. (Eezham Tamil); Viḷḷu: crack, aperture (Malayalam, DED 5432); Viḷḷal: hollow, rent (Malayalam, DED 5432); related to the verb, Viḷ: to open out, crack, split (Tamil, DED 5432); see box on Vila in Sinhala for further etymology
Vila hole, chasm, pond, marsh, lake overgrown with lotuses, cave, cavern (Sinhala, Clough); a place name component dating from early Brahmi inscriptions (a single example comes from the East of the island; Vila-game in Henannegala inscription; Paranavitana no. 406); Vil: pond, lake (Sinhala, Clough); marsh, lake, "Palvalaya, Taḍāgaya"; also natural spring pond, "Ibē haṭagat Jalāśayaya," field that is sink in mud, "Ereṇa kuṁbura" (Sinhala, Sorata); Vilu: deep area of a lagoon looking blue that is differentiated from the shallow part seen as light green (Dhivehi/ Maldivian; Vil in Fua Mulaku dialect of Dhivehi); Billa: hole, reservoir (Sanskrit lexicons, CDIAL 9245); Bila: cave, hole, pit, opening (Sanskrit, Rig Vedic, possible Dravidian origin noted, CDIAL 9245); cave, hole (Pali, Prakrit, CDIAL 9245); Bil: lake (Assamese, CDIAL 9245); marshy hollow (Bengali, CDIAL 9245); Biḷa: hole, deep pool formed by change of river course (Oriya, CDIAL 9245); Piḷ: (verb) to burst open (Tamil, DED 4194); Piḷa: (verb) to be gape (Tamil, DED 4194); Piḷavu: cleft, crevice, gap (Tamil, DED 4194); Viḷ: (verb) to open out, crack, split (Tamil, DED 5432); Viḷavu: (verb) to split; (noun) cleft, crack (Tamil, DED 5432); Viḷḷu: crack, aperture (Malayalam, DED 5432); Viḷḷal: hollow, rent (Malayalam, DED 5432); cognates in 10 Dravidian languages (DED 5432); see box on Vil in Eezham Tamil
Villuva a Sinhala word form, mostly noticed in the Puttalam district in Sinhalicising Villu-ending Tamil place names. See boxes on Vil/ Villu and Vila
Paṟṟu also Pattu (Ṟ/ T change): administrative division (Tamil, inscription, 1278 CE, AVNM 6, p. 33); portion of a country consisting of many villages (Tamil, MTL, Caṅkam diction as in the village name of a poet, Vēm-paṟṟu-ūr Kaṇṇaṉ Kūttaṉ, Kuṟuntokai 362); paddy field (Tamil, MTL); ownership of land (Tamil, inscription, 989 CE, IPS, 123; the word-form Pattu is seen in inscription, 1061 CE, SII, xvii, 579); land or surroundings under the jurisdiction of a village (Tamil, inscription, 1157 CE, IPS, 134); Pattu, Pattuva: division of a Kōrale (Sinhala, Clough); "Kōralayaka koṭasa", i.e., sub-division or sub-district (Sinhala, Sorata); from Paṟṟu: (verb) to grasp, seize, hold, receive, adhere to; (noun) grasp, seizure, adherence, affinity (Tamil, DED 4034). See columns on Kōṟaḷaip-paṟṟu and Batgam-pattuva


Vil/ Villu in Eezham Tamil and Vila/ Villuva in Sinhala mean a natural pond, lake or marsh. They are widely found place-name components, especially in the arid zone, dry-zone and coastal regions of the island. They are seldom found in the hill country (note the distribution under related place names).

The occurrence of the term Vila in a place name Vila-game (which could also be read as Vil-game) found in one of the early Brahmi inscriptions coming from the East of the island, shows the antiquity of the component's toponymic usage.

It is interesting to note that apart from the comparative usages of the Vil-related terms seen in Sinhala, Eezham Tamil and in Maldivian, the closest cognates come from a particular group of northeast South Asian languages, namely Oriya, Bengali and Assamese (see box).

CDIAL relates Vila and the above said cognates to Bila in Rig Vedic Sanskrit meaning a cave, hole, pit or opening, but with a note on the Sanskrit term's possible Dravidian origin (CDIAL 9245).

Note the presence of the root verbs Viḷ and Piḷ in Tamil/ Dravidian, meaning to crack, open out, to be gape etc., corresponding to pit or cavern formation; the nouns Viḷavu and Piḷavu meaning cleft, crevice, gap etc., and especially the Malayalam terms Viḷḷu and Viḷḷal meaning crack, aperture, hollow or rent (DED 5432, 4194). Also note Vil/ Bil in Dravidian commonly meaning a bow, corresponding to curvature (DED 5422).

Eezham Tamil place names, ending or beginning with Vil, are largely found in the arid, limestone region including Jaffna that depends on the Vil-feature for its water resources. The associated components that come in some of these place names also retain certain old linguistic features, which are discussed in various other columns.

The word form Villu is largely noticed in the Tamil place names of Vanni, East and Northwest. A considerable number of them are not ponds but marshes formed in hollow areas and in abandoned tanks.

In Sinhala place names, Vil is a prefix form and Vila is the suffix form. The place names are largely found in North-central, Northwest, West and Southern parts.

The form Villuva in Sinhala is routed through Tamil, as this is seen mostly in Sinhalicising Tamil Villu-ending place names in the Puttalam district.

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Paṟṟu/ Pattu in Tamil and Pattu/ Pattuva in Sinhala, meaning an administrative division or sub-division, correspond to the Tamil/ Dravidian verb and noun Paṟṟu (DED 4034). See box above and columns on Kōṟaḷaip-paṟṟu and Batgam-pattuva.

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Vil-paṟṟu/ Vil-pattu is a large territory in the Puttalam district of North-West Province. It was declared a forest reserve in 1905 and a sanctuary in 1938 to become a national park later. Administratively it is placed under Pallama (Paḷḷam) division of Puttalam district. The territory abounds with a large number of ponds, abandoned tanks and marshes. The territory was long known as Vil-paṟṟu or Vil-pattu, even before becoming a reserved forest, and was invariably marked as Wilpattu in the survey maps. In recent times, there is a tendency to mark it as Wilpatha in the administrative records.

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Some related place names:

Vil: (Tamil)

Curu-vil: Kayts, Jaffna

Vikkā-vil: Kayts, Jaffna

Iṇu-vil: Valikamam South, Jaffna

Udu-vil: Valikamam, South, Jaffna

Keruṭā-vil: Point Pedro, Jaffna

Maṭṭu-vil: Thenmaratchi, Jaffna

Maṇṭu-vil: Themaraṭchi, Jaffna; Puthukkudiyiruppu, Mullaiththeevu

Mantu-vil: Thenmaratchi, Jaffna

Mirucu-vil: Thenmaratchi, Jaffna

Nuṇā-vil: Thenmaratchi, Jaffna

Rāmā-vil: Thenmaratchi, Jaffna

Kokku-vil: Nallur, Jaffna; Koralaippattu, North, Batticaloa; Manmunai North, Batticaloa

Kōṇṭā-vil: Nallur, Jaffna; also near Thenniyankulam (Tunukkai One Inch Sheet); near Iyakkachchi, Pachchilaippalli (Elephant Pass One Inch Sheet)

Ittā-vil: Pachchilaippalli, Kilinochchi

Mal-vil: Pachchilaippalli, Kilinochchi

Mukā-vil: Pachchilaippalli, Kilinochchi

Tērā-vil: Kandavalai, Kilinochchi; Puthukkudiyiruppu, Mulaiththeevu

Kōṇā-vil: Karaichchi, Kilinochchi

Nī-vil: Karaichchi, Kilinochchi

Muḻaṅkā-vil: Poonakari, Kilinochchi

Paḻu-vil: Poonakari, Kilinochchi

Cuṇṇā-vil: Poonakari. Kilinochchi

Tikku-vil: Poonakari, Kilinochchi

Tumpuru-vil: Poonakari, Kilinochchi

Vēra-vil: Poonakari, Kilinochchi

Vil-laṭi: Poonakari, Kilinochchi

Kuru-vil: Manthai West, Mannar

Eru-vil: Manthai East, Mullaiththeevu; Manmunai South, Batticaloa

Kompā-vil: Puthukkudiyiruppu, Mullaiththeevu

Kokkā-vil: Oddusuddan, Mullaiththeevu

Pottu-vil: Poththuvil, Amparai

Olu-vil: Addalaichchenai, Amparai

Kuṭu-vil: Eragama, Amparai

Kōḷa-vil: Alayadivempu, Amparai

Tampilu-vil: Thirukkoyil, Amparai

Atikāri-vil: Koralaippattu, Batticaloa

Nappatta-vil: Koralaippattu, Batticaloa

Māvila-yāṟu: Eravurpattu, Batticaloa

Vil-iṟavaṭṭai: Eravurpattu, Batticaloa

Vil-veḷi: Kinniya, Trincomale

Villūṇḍi: Trincomalee Town and Gravets, Trincomalee; also Jaffna city, Jaffna

Vil: (Tamil: some additional place names from One Inch Sheets)

Kaṟuppu-vil-kuḷam: Neethai, Akkaraippattu, amparai

Cuṇṇā-vil: Tunukkai

Vēra-vil: Tunukkai

Periya Kasa-vil: Tunukkai

Sinna Kasa-vil: Tunukkai

Vēra-vil-kuḷam: Ponnaveli, Poonakari

Neli-vil: Delft

Olu-vil-kuḷam: Kayts

Viyā-vil: Karainagar

Yā-vil: Paḻai, Pachchilaippalli; Anaikkottai, Jaffna

Kemmā-vil: Paḻai, Pachchilaippalli

Pāṇa-vil: Soranpattu, Pachchilaippalli

Mal-vil: near Iyakkachchi, Pachchilaippalli

Mukā-vil: Iyakkachchi, Pachchilaippalli

Kē-vil: near Vannan Kulam, Chundikkulam, Vadamaratchi East

Mā-vil-āṟu:

Vil: (Tamil: some additional place names from other sources)

Cilu-vil: Madduvil North, Thenmaratchi, Jaffna (Balasundaram, p. 107); Cilimbi, Cilime, Cilme: a small tank (Tulu, DED 2367); 1. Cilume: an orifice, a bore, small pit, hole dug in the dry bed of a river or a dried up tank, spring of water or a fountain head (Kannada, DED 2367); Celama: hole or pit dug for water in the dry bed of a river or rivulet (Telugu, DED 2367); Cilu: (verb) to open, split (Tamil, DED 2566); Cilumpu: (verb) to flow out, gush out (Tamil, DED 2569); Cilupu: a pond (Telugu, DED 2569); 2. Cil: small (Tamil, DED 1571); Cilupa: little (Telugu, DED 1571); note the pond name Cilinta-kuḷam in Kayts

Makku-vil: Periya-viḷāṉ, Ilavalai, Valikamam North, Jaffna (Balasundaram, p. 110); Makki: calcareous earth (Tamil, MTL citing Jaffna Dictionary); the white clayey cum soft gravel earth is usually formed by decayed marine shells; 1. Makku: (verb) to decay, be spoiled as by dampness (Tamil, DED 4750); Maṭku: (verb) be destroyed (Tamil, DED 4831); 2. Makuḷu, Makula: a kind of white clay called by that name. " Ē nam sudu mẹṭi vesesa" (Sinhala, Sorata);3. Marl: soil consisting of clay and lime (English from Marga in Latin)

Nantā-vil: between Kokkuvil and Kōṇṭā-vil; Nalloor, Jaffna

Vil-vaḷai: Mathakal (personal info)

Villūṇṭi: Jaffna, city, Jaffna; Trincomalee Town and Gravets

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Vili: (Tamil: a variant of Vil)

Viyā-vili-kuḷam: Urelu, Jaffna

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Villu: (Tamil)

Villūṇṭi: Trincomalee Town and Gravets, Trincomalee; Koṭṭaṭi, Jaffna City, Jaffna

Kumuḻa-villu: Musali, Mannar

Talai-villu: Kalpitti, Puttalam; Marichchukkaddi, Mannar (the latter from One Inch Sheet)

Villu: (Tamil: some additional place names from One Inch Sheets)

Periya-villu: Kaluthavalai, Batticaloa; Kokkulai, Mullaiththeevu; Puttalam Town, Puttalam; Vilpaṟṟu, Puttalam; Kondachchi, Musali, Mannar

Ciṉṉa-villu: Kokkulai, Mullaiththeevu; Puttalam Town, Puttalam; Kondachchi. Musali. Mannar

Villuk-kuḷam: Kalutavalai, Batticaloa; Kooniththeevu, Trincomalee

Villut-tōṭṭam: Chiththandikkudi, Batticaloa

Vaṭṭavāṉ-villu: Kinnaiyai, Batticaloa

Kokku-villu: Mavadiodai, Batticaloa

Caṅkili-villu: Mavadioda, Batticaloa

Mīn-villu: Kathiraveli, Trincomalee

Katiraveḷi-villu: Kathiraveli, Trincomalee

Tāmarai-villu: Kinniya, Trincomalee; Kathiraveli, Trincomalee; Kompanachchi, Trincomalee

Kalla-kompu-villu: Kathiraveli, Trincomalee

Vavaṇa-villu: Kanguveli, Trincomalee

Campuk-kaḻi-villu: Kooniththeevu, Trincomalee

Kokkāvil-villu: Kokkāvil

Kōṇāvil-villu: Vaddakkachchi

Uppu-villu: Nachchikkuda, Mannar

Katira-villu: Nachchikkuda, Mannar

Nākapaṭuvaṉ-villu: Kariyalai, Mannar

Vaṇṇār-aṭampaṉ-villu: Nakapaduwan, Mannar

Kollaṉ-villu: Vellankulam, Mannar

Ilantai-villu: Tunukkai

Vaṭali-villu: Tunukkai

Nalla-tanṇīr-villu: Tunukkai

Mūṅkil-villu: Tunukkai

Kuru-villu: Tunukkai

Tikku-villu: Tunukkai

Kallu-veḷi-villu: Nalloor, Poonakai

Cittaṉōṭai-villu: Valloor, Poonakari

Erukkalam-piṭṭi-villu: Uruthirapuram, Poonakari

Pattiṉippāy-villu: Poonakari

Talaṉai-villu Kuḷam: Kayts

Vaṇṇātti-villu: Puttalam

Aṭappaṉa-villu: Puttalam

Kulinci-villu: probably, Koḻiṅci-villu; Kokkuppadaiyan, Musali, Mannar (Koḻiñci: Chayaroot)

Mā-villu: Kokkuppadaiyan, Musali, Mannar

Mutalai-villu: Kondachchi, Musali, Mannar

Ālam-villu: Kondachchi, Musali, Mannar

Vāri-villu: Marichchukkaddi, Musali, Mannar

Cēttu-villu: Marichchukkaddi, Musali, Mannar

Kumiḻa-villu: Marichchukkaddi, Musali, Mannar

Kaṟ-kuḻi-villu: Marichchukkaddi, Musali, Mannar

Āvaram-villu: Marichchukkaddi, Musali, Mannar

Māna-villu: Marichchukkaddi, Musali, Mannar

Karampai-villu: Madu, Mannar

Atara-villu: Madu, Mannar

Kokkṭaiyāṉ-villu: Murunkan, Mannar

Ulla-vela-villu: Panama, Amparai




Villu: (some Villu names found in Vil-paṟṟu)

Paṇikkar-villu: Vilpaṟṟu

Kaḷi-villu: Vilpaṟṟu

Kaḷa-villu: Vilpaṟṟu

Mayil-villu: Vilpaṟṟu

Periya-villu: Vilpaṟṟu

Periya Nāka-villu: Vilpaṟṟu

Uppu-villu: Vilpaṟṟu

Periya Uppu-villu: Vilpaṟṟu

Ciṉṉa Uppu-villu: Vilpaṟṟu

Ata-villu: Vilpaṟṟu

Kokare-villu: Kākkara-villu: Vilpaṟṟu (Kākkarai: partridge called Kautāri; note Kākkara-tīvu; Kākkaraṉ-kuḷam in Cheddi-kulam. Mannar)

Nalla-taṇṇi-villu: Vilpaṟṟu

Kōra-villu: Vilpaṟṟu

Nebaḍa-villu: Vilpaṟṟu

Māna-villu: Vilpaṟṟu. Māna: a kind of grass

Marai-villu: Vilpaṟṟu

Kolinje-villu: probably, Koḻiñci-villu: Vilpaṟṟu (Koḻiñci: Chayaroot)

Ālaṉ-villu: Ālam-villu: Vilpaṟṟu

Vīrakuṭi-villu: Vilpaṟṟu

Karaṭi-ūttān-villu: Vilpaṟṟu

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Villuva: (Sinhalicised from Villu)

Vanāta-villuva: from Vaṇṇātti-villu: Vaṇṇātti-villu, Puttalam (Vannātti-villu is the form found in survey maps)

Aṭṭa-villuva: Puttalam, Puttalam

Pottu-villuva: Puttalam, Puttalam

Karantan-villuva: Munthal, Puttalam

Tāra-kuḍi-villuva: Munthal, Puttalam. Tāra-kuḍi: from Tāri-kuḍi: man that steers or rows a ferryboat, boatman; “Toṭiyā, Orukārayā” (Sinhala, Sorata cites, Epigraphia Zeylanica, Vol III, 112); Tāra: crossing or passing over (Sinhala, Clough); Tārakuḍi seems to be meaning the caste or clan of ferrymen.

Kaḷi-villuva: Vilpaṟṟu, Puttalam

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Vil: (Sinhala)

Vil-gamuva: Wilgamuwa, Matale

Vil-vala: Hanguranketha, Nuwara Eliya

Vil-gama: Trincomalee Town and Gravets, Trincomale

Vil-bā-gedara: Panduwasnuwara East, Kurunegala

Vil-gam-demaṭava: Maspotha, Kurunegala

Vil-pata: Pallama, Puttalam

Maha-vil-ācciya: Mahawilacciya, Anuradhapura

Vil-amuṇa: Medadumbara, Kandy

Vil-attava Paḷātta: Bingiriya, Kurunegala

Maha-vil-attava: Chilaw, Puttalam

Puňci-vil-attava: Chilaw, Puttalam

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Vila: (Sinhala)

Gavara-vila: Ambagamuva, Nuwara Eliya

Koṭu-vila: Kolonnawa, Colombo

Gala-vila-vatta: Homagama, Colombo

Kitula-vila: Homagama, Colombo

Kūḍaḷu-vila: Seethawaka, Colombo

Beli-ata-vila: Padukka, Colombo

Gaň-goḍa-vila: Maharagama, Colombo

Vila-vala: Dehiwala, Colombo

Kaḷu-bō-vila: Dehiwala, Colombo

Bellan-vila: Kesbewa, Colombo

Tum-bō-vila: Kesbewa, Colombo

Baravā-vila: Diwulapitiya, Gampaha

Vẹllẹ-vila-mulla: Mirigama, Gampaha

Kuṭṭi-vila: Dompe, Gampaha

Kiṁbul-vila-vatta: Dompe, Gampaha

Bali-vila: Mahara, Gampaha

Kohol-vila: Kelaniya, Gampaha

Biyan-vila: Biyagama, Gampaha

Pamuṇu-vila: Biyagama, Gampaha

Paṭṭi-vila: Biyagama, Gampaha

Eḷu-vila: Panadura, Kalutara

Maha-vila: Bandaragama, Kalutara; Yatiyanthota, Kegalle

Karan-vila: Horana, Kalutara

Kanan-vila: Horana, Kalutara; Maduruwala, Kalutara

Arakā-vila: Ingiriya, Kalutara. Arak: Ārakṣāva, Rẹkavala (Sinhala, Sorata)

Ẹṭa-vila: Kalutara, Kalutara

Potu-vila: Beruwala, Kalutara; Polpithigama, Kurunegala; Ganewatta, Kurunegala; Madampe, Puttalam

Hal-kańda-vila: Beruwala, Kalutara

Kẹnda-gaha-vila: Beruwala, Kalutara

Kāla-vila-kanda: Beruwala, Kalutara

Kāla-vila: Beruwala, Kalutara

Gal-pottā-vila: Dodangoda, Kalutara

Nāra-vila: Mathugama, Kalutara

Baṭa-goḍa-vila: Palindunuwara, Kalutara

Maguru-mas-vila: Walallavita, Kalutara

Dunu-vila: Akurana, Kandy

Pan-vila: Panwila, Kandy; Baddegama, Galle; Hikkaduwa, Galle; Bope-poddala, Galle

Pan-vila-tẹnna: Doluwa, Kandy

Kara-vila-hēna: Naula, Matale

Monara-vila: Pallepola, Matale

Dunu-vila-pitiya: Wilgamuwa, Matale

Maha-vila: Bentota, Galle

Ran-toṭu-vila: Bentota, Galle

Kaṭu-vila: Balapitiya, Galle

Daň-gaha-vila: Karandeniya, Galle

Vaturu-vila: Elpitiya, Galle

Akula-vila: Niyagama, Galle

Pol-gaha-vila: Baddegama, Galle; Welivitiya-Divithura, Galle

Madde-vila: Weliviltiya-Divithura, Galle

Dōman-vila: Ambalangoda, Galle. Dōma: Dōṁba: a tree (Sinhala, Sorata)

Eraṇa-vila: Ambalangoda, Galle

Doḍam-kaha-vila: Gonapeenuwala, Galle

Toṭa-vila: Hikkaduwa, Galle

Baṭagan-vila: Galle Four Gravets, Galle

Kẹran-vila: Bope-poddala, Galle; Akmeemana, Galle

Aṁba-gaha-vila: Akmeemana, Galle

Māna-vila: Akmeemana, Galle

Am-pā-vila: Imaduwa, Galle

Ińdurannā-vila: Imaduwa, Galle

Maha-potu-vila: Pitabeddara, Matara

Vila-gama: Akuressa, Matara

Kẹṭan-vila: Akuressa, Matara

Telijja-vila: Malimbada, Matara; Telijja: Teli-diya: "Tal, kitul ādiyēn upatanā mīrā" (Sinhala, Sorata); sweet toddy (Sinhala, Clough); Teḷi: (verb) to become clear, limpid as water by the settling of sediment (Tamil, DED 3433); Tiḷi: clear serum-like substance (Kannada, DED 3433); transparent, clear, distilled (Tulu, DED 3433); Tēṟal: clarified toddy, clarified juice (Tamil, DED 3471)

Koṭa-vila: Weligama, Matara

Tal-pā-vila: Matara Four Gravets, Matara

Vīra-vila: Lunugamvehera, Hambantota

Uḍu-vila: Thissamaharama, Hambantota; Dehiovita, Kegalle

Nẹdi-gam-vila: Thissamaharama, Hambantota

Siyaṁbalā-gas-vila: Hambantota, Hambantota

Mirijja-vila: Hambantota, Hambantota. Mirijja: Miri-diya: "Kivulrasa nẹti jalaya" (Sinhala, Sorata)

Bẹmiṇiyan-vila: Ambalantota, Hambantota

Vẹli-paṭan-vila: Ambalantota, Hambantota

Tavāḷu-vila: Ambalantota, Hambantota. Tavalu: small tank, "Kudāvẹva"; worksite at the front of a tank, "Vẹvaka ihaḷa vagā karaṇa koṭasa" (Sinhala, Sorata)

Uḍu-kiri-vila: Weeraketiya, Hambantota

Paňgam-vila-yāya: Katuwana, Hambantota

Uḍu-vila-goḍa: Tangalle, Hambantota

Sēru-vila: Seruwila, Trincomalee

Kahaṭa-vila: Panduwasnuwara, Kurunegala; Dankotuwa, Puttalam

Dora-bā-vila: Panduwasnuwara West, Kurunegala

Karańda-vila: Udubaddawa, Kurunegala

Huṇu-vila: Pannala, Kurunegala

Eli-vila: Pannala, Kurunegala

Mẹdiri-vila: Pannala, Kurunegala

Para-bẹ-vila: Polgahawela, Kurunegala

Tala-vila: Talai-villu: Kalpitti, Puttalam; Vilpaṟṟu

Ańguṇa-vila: Munthal, Puttalam

Nāga-vila: Pallama, Puttalam

Suru-vila: Arachchikattuwa, Puttalam

Kokkā-vila: Kokku-vil: Chilaw, Puttalam

Aṁba-kańda-vila: Chilaw, Puttalam

Ińdi-gas-vila: Madampe, Puttalam

Erun-vila: Madampe, Puttalam

Iraṇa-vila: Mahawewa, Puttalam

Muṭṭi-bẹńdi-vila: Mahawewa, Puttalam

Hāl-pan-vila: Mahawewa, Puttalam

Tal-vila: Mahawewa, Puttalam

Māra-vila: Mahawewa, Puttalam

Mā-vila: Nattandiya, Puttalam

Nārā-vila: Nattandiya, Puttalam

Lunu-vila: Wennapuwa, Puttalam

Taṁbara-vila: Wennapuwa, Puttalam

Gōna-vila: Dankotuwa, Puttalam

Neḷum-vila: Mahawilachchiya, Anuradhapura; Thamankaduwa, Polonnaruwa

Ran-pat-vila: Kahatagasdigiliya, Anuradhapura

Kaha-pat-vila-gama: Mihinthale, Anuradhapura

Kaḷu-vila: Nachchaduwa, Anuradhapura

Turu-vila: Nachchaduwa, Anuradhapura,

Huṇu-vila-gama: Nochchiyagama, Anuradhapura

Barā-vila: Kekirawa, Anuradhapura

Hori-vila: Palugaswewa, Anuradhapura

Kara-vila-gama: Palagala, Anuradhapura

Suňgā-vila: Lankapura, Polonnaruwa

Kaṭu-van-vila: Welikanda, Polonnaruwa

Mal-vila: Welikanda, Polonnaruwa

Arala-gaň-vila: Dimbulagala, Polonnaruwa

Koho-vila: Soranathota, Badulla

Vila-oya: Siyambalanduwa, Moneragala

Gẹḍa-vila: Badalkuṁbura, Moneragala

Kara-vila: Badalkumbura, Moneragala

Māligā-vila: Buttala, Moneragala

Taṇa-mal-vila: The pond of the grass hill; Thanamalvila, Moneragala

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Vilāna: (Sinhala: Vil+āna)

Daň-vilāna: Daň+vil+āna: Attanagalla, Gampaha

Vilāna: Vil+āna: Akurana, Kandy

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Vilā: (Sinhala)

Vilā-kaṭu-pota: Wariyapola, Kurunegala

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Vilava: (Sinhala: Vila+va)

Vilava: Maho, Kurunegala

Vilpattu vil ponds
Note the dense distribution of vil ponds in a small area of Vilpattu forest. The dried up vil beds can be seen as circular brown patches and note the pools of water at the centre of them. [Google Map]


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Vilpattu
Location of Vilpattu





Revised: Tuesday, 15 November 2016, 18:36

First published: Friday, 22 June 2007, 01:00

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