Jaffna

Jaffna is an ancient port city located in the northernmost region of Sri Lanka. It is also the driest place in the country and one of the oldest habitation sites in lower south Asia, populated by Tamil speaking people. About a million people call this picturesque, lagoon filled peninsula home. Jaffna is the heart of Sri Lanka’s Tamil culture and still thrives with traditional Hindu kovils and Catholic churches. Due to the Sri Lankan Civil War, access to the North was greatly restricted and the strong hold of the militant groups has taken a heavy toll. The flat Jaffna Peninsula is almost an island, though attached to the main land by just a strip of sand called Elephant Pass. The Peninsula is made of limestone, unlike most other parts of Sri Lanka and the porous stone absorbs the rain very quickly and conveys it to the water table. It is in close proximity to the sub-continent of India and separated from it by the Palk Strait and the Bay of Bengal. After almost 20 years, tourists can now travel to Jaffna either by land or air. It has many features to offer, ranging from a rich culture and history to a remarkable environment and salubrious climate.

Things to do in Jaffna

  • Visit Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil
  • Visit the Jaffna Public Library
  • Visit the Jaffna Market
  • Visit the Jaffna Fort
  • Visit Sri Nagavihara International Buddhist Centre
  • Visit the Jaffna Central Railway Station
  • Visit Neduntheevu (Delft Island)
  • Visit Dambakola Patuna
  • Visit Sangamitta Temple
  • Visit Kantharodai Viharaya
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