Sin: නාවලපිටිය nāvalapiṭiya – Tam: நாவலப்பிட்டி nāvalappiṭṭi

‘Ironwood Forest Plain’  CP,  Sri Lanka

From Sin: na (gaha), ‘ironwood tree’ [Mesua ferrea]; val/vala, ‘forest, wood, jungle’; and  pitiya, ‘ground, land, field, plain’.  

It is called the ironwood tree because of its weighty timber.

In Sri Lanka it is believed to be the tree under which four previous incarnations of the Buddha achieved Enlightenment.

For related place names see Sri Lanka Place names.


Nawalapitiya railway station

Nawalapitiya railway station               Dan arndt