Points of Interest - Jaffna


This palm-shaded historic town located in northernmost region of the Island, is home to majority of Tamil people in Sri Lanka. Jaffna peninsula was made in to a colony by the Portuguese in 1619 and by British in 1796 in time, the town again underwent so much desolation during the rebel Tamil Tigers Terrorist control from 1986 to 2008.

Visit a local island

Visiting the string of islands in Jaffna is one of the main activities that give you the opportunity to experience the long straight causeways and the historic and cultural spots that scattered around the peninsula.  Kayts, Punkuduthiv, Nagadipa Nainativu and Delft are few of the main islands among 14 islands.

Nainativu & Delft are the most visited among them, Nainativu Kovil on Nainativu Island and the wild horses, Baobab trees and growing rock in Delft are the main reasons for the majority of the visits.

Beach and natural pool

Keerimalai, a 25 minutes drive from Jaffna is known for its clear blue sea and a natural pool positioned right on the beach. The shallow seas allow visitors to walk far in to the ocean knee deep in clear blue light reflecting waters making a perfect instance for seamless photos.

Nallur Kandaswamy Temple

Located about 10 minutes drive from the Jaffna city, the Nallur Kandaswamy Temple stands out with its god encrusted, brightly coloured ornate tower and is one of the most significant Hindu temples in the Jaffna District.

The best time to visit the Nallur Kovil is during the Thaer Thiruvila festival (Chariot Festival), one of the biggest festivals in Jaffna.

Visit the Public Library and Clock Tower

This is one of the Jaffna’s most prominent cultural landmarks. During the early 1980s it was one of the biggest libraries in Asia, containing over 97,000 books and manuscripts. And the library was unfortunately burnt down during the election in 1982. The new library was recuperated with new structure and some of the manuscripts rescued from the fire.

Explore Dutch Fort

Built by Portuguese in 1618 and was re-built by the English colonisers in 1680s, this 400 years old structure was built in the shape of a pentagon which is the symbol of Dutch architecture. Remains and the ruins can be found of the old barracks, military residence, church, guardrooms, jail and the court house.

How to Get There

The cheapest way to travel to Jaffna is by Intercity/express train takes about 7 hours or Night train which will take about 9 hours. While the quickest way to get there is by taxi which will take about 5 ½ hours and we recommend you to get few quotes before selecting a taxi company.

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