North Coast

Mullaitivu

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Mullaitivu is a small town which is chiefly known as a fishing settlement on the north eastern coast of Sri Lanka. During the early 20th century the town grew as an anchoring harbour of the small sailing vessels transporting goods between Colombo and Jaffna. The town was an LTTE controlled area, with the Tigers having a large military base in the center, and it has been the theatre of many battles fought since 1983 during the Sri Lankan Civil War against the Tamil Tigers. To add to its violent and bloody history, it was gravely damaged by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which caused a large loss of life and property. With these unfortunate occurrences, Mullaitivu is scarcely lucky. The environment has the potential to look pleasing however at the moment, negligence has ruined it many ways. Fortunately with the war over and new found peace within the country, there are hopes that this interesting town will develop into a prime tourist area due to its rich culture and historical value.

Things to do in Mullaitivu

  • Visit the Nanthikadal Lagoon
  • Pass by newly constructed temples and churches
  • See remains of war vessels
  • Visit a Shooting range
  • See the Swimming pool with a length of 82 feet
  • See unfinished submarines
  • See a Submarine testing pool

Jaffna

Monday, September 17th, 2012

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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