18 of Asia’s most underrated places
by Jetwing · Published · Updated
CNN Travel lists Jaffna, Sri Lanka along with 17 countries amongst its list ‘18 of Asia’s most underrated places‘’. According to CNN Travel, the list includes (Ipoh) Malaysia, (Isaan) Thailand, (Leshan) China, (Skardu) Pakistan, (Nikko) Japan, (Dalat) Vietnam, (Davao) Philippines, (Meghalaya) India, (Pulau Ubin) Singapore, (Samosir Island) Indonesia, (Pakse) Laos, Bangladesh, (Tengchong) China, (Gogunsan Islands) South Korea, (Lan Ha Bay) Vietnam, (Kenting) Taiwan & (Banteay Chhmar) Cambodia.
A part of CNN’s quote on Sri Lanka was read as, “Most foreign tourists head to Sri Lanka’s beautiful south coast or into its central tea country, both of which are fairly easy to reach from the main city of Colombo and beloved by Instagrammers who come to ride the famous rails.
But the northern patch of the island is worth the sometimes-challenging car or bus trip to get there.
Jaffna is the primary home of the country’s Tamil-speaking population and still has glimmers of its Indian and Dutch colonial past, resulting in a fascinating, complex culture.
Start with architecture: the ornate, bright gold Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil Hindu temple and sprawling white Colonial-era Jaffna Library are both exceptional.
Then, indulge in the food: bananas and mangoes fresh off the trees combine with curries, pickles and rice dishes for filling, inexpensive meals.’’
The island nation of Sri Lanka is documented among tourists as a destination that has so much to explore, having the easy convenience of wandering to all localities within one day, exclusive beaches, and the welcoming and cordial nature of its inhabitants.