Tam: சாவகச்சேரி – Sin: චාවකච්චේරි c(h)āvakaccēri
‘Java Town’ Town, NP, Sri Lanka
From Tam: Chavaka, ‘Javanese (people)’; and cheri, ‘town, village, hamlet, street’.
This settlement dates back to the 13thC. Chandrabhanu, a Javanese ruler of the kingdom of Tambralinga (part of modern-day Thailand) invaded Sri Lanka twice and succeeded in occupying the North and ruling it from Jaffna for thirty years.
In colonial times Chavachcheri was famous for its eggs, delivered nationwide on the rail network.