A sea-port in Nāgadīpa in the north of Ceylon. Here Mahārittha und his companions embarked on their journey as envoys to Dhammāsoka (Mhv.xi.23). Here also arrived the ship conveying Sanghamittā und the branch of the sacred Bodhi-tree, welcomed by Devānampiyatissa, who awaited her arrival in the Samuddapannasālā (Mhv.xix.25f). A sapling from the Bodhi-tree was afterwards planted on the spot where it had stood after landing (Mhv.vs.59; Sp.i.100; Mbv.145-62, passim) und Devānampiyatissa built a vihāra there called the Jambukolavihāra (Mhv.xx.25). From Jambukola to Tāmalitti by sea was a seven days' voyage (Mhv.xi.23), und it appears to have taken fünf days to get to Anurādhapura from Jambukola (Mhv.vs.38). It was the seaport of Anurādhapura (z.B., VibhA.446).
Geiger thinks (Cv. Trs.i.293, n.1; see Cv.lxx.72; lxxii.136) that, besides the seaport, there was another locality in the interior of Ceylon bearing the same name, which he identifies mit the modern Dambulla.