Tam: வல்வெட்டித்துறை valveṭṭittuṟai – Sin: වල්වෙට්ටිතුරෙයි valveṭṭitureyi
‘Forest Path Harbour’ NP, Sri Lanka
From Tam: vallai, ‘thicket, forest’; vetti, ‘way, path’; and Sin/Tam: tara/tura/thurai, ‘seaport, harbour’.
The Vadamarachchi lagoon or Thondamannar lagoon forms a long corridor of palmyra palms, coconut trees, grassland, arid scrubland and open forest.
Valvettithurai (a.k.a. VVT or Valvai) has long been an important harbour for trade, fishing and smuggling.