The village of Keerimalai is located in northern part of the Jaffna Peninsula and was famous because of a holy pond and the Naguleaswaran temple. The Keerimalai pond is a fresh water pond, which is located just few feet away from the Sea.
It is said this underwater water source also connects to the Nilavarai bottomless Well which lies over 10 Km away from here. This spring is popular among the Hindus for the miraculous powers it holds.
Keerimalai translates in to Mongoose Mound in Tamil. It is said that a Indian priest called Nagula Swami (Nagula Muni) bathed in this pond and his mongoose face was cured and turned in to a human face.
According to Local folklore a Pandiyan Princess named Maruthapura Veeravalli built the Hindu Kovil at Keerimalai when she was cured of her horse shaped head after bathing at Keerimalai.