Kadatkarai Palli, Kalmunai

Nagore Andahai Dargah Kadatkarai Palli in Kalmunai (known as Kadatkaraipalli or Kodipalli) is a popular mosque for its “Flag Festival” in the eastern Sri Lanka. This is mainly an Islamic event, but not restricted to other communities. Every year, the first 12 days (1st–12th) of Rabi-ul-ahir (the fourth month in Islamic Calendar) becomes colorful in this region and thousands of pilgrims & visitors of all communities from all over the Island visit the mosque to attend the “flag festival”. This festival has been celebrated 193 consecutive years.

Kalmunai Kadatkarai palli is associated with the “Nagore Dargah” in India.  Nagore Dargah is built over the tomb of the Sufi a saint Nagore Shahul Hamid (1490–1579 CE) and located in Nagore, a coastal town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Saint Shahul Hamid is believed to have performed many miracles in Nagore, and cured the physical affliction of King Achutappa Nayak, a 16th-century Hindu ruler of Thanjavur. He is locally referred to as Nagore Andavar or Nagore Andahai  who visited Sri Lanka once.

Nagore Andahai Dargah Kadatkarai Palli in Kalmunai is built on the place where Nagore Andahai stayed for 40 days during his visit to Sri Lanka. While doing his religious preaching, he is believed to have performed many miracles, including curing of prolonged & uncured diseases, in and around Kalmunai area. People in the area believe that there are miracles happening even now. For example, in 2004, the entire area including all buildings around Kadatkaraipalli was washed away by the Indian Ocean tsunami, but no damages made to Kadatkaraipalli. The flag hoisting in Kadatkaraipalli is coincided with the flag hoisting in  Nagore Dargah, India.

Besides various debates on religious ground, Kadatkaraipalli is still believed to be with miracles and people of all religions visit the dargah. The location is fabulous with natural beauty and the beach within a few meters.

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Latitude: 7.411928 Longitude: 81.839076 Elevation: 18 ft
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Hours Open

The mosque and the siyaram (the place where he stayed) can be viewed at any time, preferably during day time.

Seasons Open

All seasons round the year.

Time Period Represented

15th Century

Visitor Fees

No visitor's fee

Accessibility Notes

Located near Kalmunai town. Road is in good condition that may allow any type of vehicle to access.  

Kalmunai bus stand - drive about 600 meters on to Kalmunai - Akkaraipattu main Road - Sri Sithivinayahar Kovil (on your right side) - turn on your left (in front of the temple) at  Kadatkaraipalli Road - continue towards the beach around 1.5 km - Kadatkaraipalli.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are not allowed.

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