Buldozer Memorial

Jaffna & the North

About 1km south of the causeway's southern end, there is a large memorial to Gamini Kularatne, a Sri Lanka Army soldier who single-handedly disabled an armoured LTTE bulldozer. The rusting vehicle – complete with a large hole from an explosion in its side – is mounted on a plinth. Nearby is a display about Kularatne's life, complete with letters to his mother, a pay stub and more.

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