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Kokkilai Lagoon

  Province Eastern
  District Mullaitivu, Trincomalee
  Nearest Town Kokkilai Kokkuthoduvai
  Primary inflows small rivers, including Churiyan Aru
  Primary outflows Indian Ocean
  Surface area 29.95 square kilometers
  Max. depth 4 meters

Introduction

Kokkilai lagoon is an estuarine lagoon in Mullaitivu District and Trincomalee District, north-east Sri Lanka. The town of Kokkilai is located on a sand bar between the lagoon and the Indian Ocean. The lagoon is fed by a number of small rivers, including Churiyan Aru. It is linked to the sea by a narrow channel that is very often blocked by the sand bar. The lagoon's water is brackish. The lagoon is surrounded by a densely populated region containing cultivated land, scrubland and open forest. The land is used for prawn fishing, paddy cultivation and some shifting cultivation. The lagoon has extensive sea grass beds.