Yala to Tricoil
The Names of all the places from Yala to Tricoil, are found detailed on a Dutch map from 1695. This amazing map is found in Beeldbank National Archives, the Netherlands.
We have done our utmost to work out where necessary the Dutch written words but obviously we can manage so much.
We have written the Sinhala form of the words, as they are found on this map e.g. Appoeretotte-Aparatota, Oya enie-Eni Oya & Moledive-Molladiva. This is our third such map, that we have. had the pleasure of working through and can honestly say, we now know, quite well how the Dutch wrote words down eg Yala; In Dutch, the letter 'J' has the sound of a 'Y' and quite often the words that end with sound of letter 'A' is written has a letter 'E'. Thus 'Yala', is written has 'Jale'.
Please pay great attention to the ones that are highlighted, as these are, all the places from Lower Ampara district to Tricoil.
Edde oya/Heda oya(Today)-Sinhala
Pagoda Tricoil+(Tricoil Dagaba. More than likely a Sinhalese town)
*Dive or Diva is Sinhala for Island.
+Tricoil today is all 100% Tamil but as can been seen, in 1695, all the villages leading to Tricoil and beyond are in fact, majority Sinhala!
Tricoil or Thirkkovil....The earliest records of the site and temple is of the Portuguese. Queyroz(p65), the greatest authority of this period gives the details of this site.
The correct it seems is 'Tuncoule', meaning a three storied Pagoda. Apparently all three had Idols and alters for worship.
This Pagoda lasted till General D. Jeronimo de Azevedo who destroyed it and captured and killed the Ganezes(These are Buddhist priests, who had married), the persons dedicated to its services.
This shows that, in the 1600's, this site was a great centre of Sinhala Buddhits!