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Kayts (LKKAY)

Kayts, Northern, Sri Lanka

Port Code LKKAY Port Name Kayts
City Kayts Country/Region Sri Lanka
Port Type Feeder Port Category Port City
Latitude 9.7 Longitude 79.83333333333333
Kayts (Port Code:LKKAY) was a major port in ancient Sri Lanka. Kayts is a small island off the coast of the Jaffna Peninsula in northern Sri Lanka. According to the Nagadeepa Tamil inscription, during the reign of King Parakramabahu I (1153-1186), Urathota was a special port for Indian merchant ships and the king had paid special attention to ships carrying horses and elephants at this port. Archeological remains found in Kayts indicates that Kayts was a harbour for foreign vessels. The Tamil 12th century AD inscription of Nainativu issued by Parakramabahu I mentions Kayts as a port where foreigner must first land for trading.

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