Dictionary of Pāli Proper Names • G.P. Malalasekera
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The port from which the branch of the Bodhi-tree was sent to Sri Lanka by Asoka (Mhv.xi.38; Dpv.iii.33). It is said (Sp.i.90 f) that Asoka came from Pāṭaliputta, crossed the Gaṅgā by boat, traversed the Vinijhātavi, and so arrived at Tāmalitti.
It is identified with modern Tamluk, formerly on the estuary of the Ganges, but now on the western bank of the Rūpnārāyana.
When Fa Hsien came to Sri Lanka, he embarked at Tāmluk. Giles: op.cit. p.65.