Jaffna & the North

Jaffna has it all- friendly people, a rich culture, salubrious climate and a picturesque environment which all make it an authentic traveller’s paradise.
The North of Sri Lanka is a world apart from the rest of country. The region had always been closer to southern India than to Colombo and was repeatedly settled and invaded by Tamil migrants from southern India and has retained a unique character and culture, one which owes as much to Hindu India as to Buddhist Sri Lanka.
The thirty year old war, which engulfed the area, had set the clock backwards in the Northern Peninsular, where LTTE terrorists and the Sri Lankan Army were engulfed in intense fighting until the war ended in 2009. The region is gradually emerging from its long years of isolation and fighting, and the painful process of rebuilding of shattered towns and villages, de-mining fields, restoring roads and returning refugees to their former homes is likely to continue for some time to come.
For the explorer, the North is Sri Lanka’s final frontier, and offers an opportunity to explore a region emerging from over twenty years of isolation and civil war.

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Attraction (Places Nearby)

Jaffna Nallur Kandaswamy Temple

Hindu TempleNallur Kandaswamy temple is one of the most impressive religious buildings in Jaffna and one of the most significant Hindu temple complexes in the country dedicated to God Murugan. The kovil’s 15th-century structure was vandalized by the Portuguese in the 17th century and the current structure was rebuilt in 1734. The beautifully maintained large [...]

Jaffna Library

Biggest LibraryThe Jaffna Library was once considered as one of the biggest libraries in Asia. It was first built in 1933 and was burnt down by the Sinhalese mob in 1981. This is an important event in the civil war and lead to the long war in the North and East of Sri Lanka. It [...]

Jaffna Fort

The ancient Jaffna FortThe ancient Jaffna Fort is the second largest existing fort in Sri Lanka. Originally built by the Portuguese in 1619 and re-built and expanded by the Dutch during the second half of the 17th and the 18th centuries to facilitate trading activities of Sri Lanka’s northern region, it indicates not only Jaffna’s [...]

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