North and Jaffna


 With towering, rainbow Hindu temples, colorful saw is draped effortlessly over on bicycles and warm breezes

carrying the sweet fragrance of fruit trees the North is a different world. Here are landscape is arid and sun is hot and taught, with coastlines and sparking aqua water everywhere. The light is Stronger surreal and white- hot on salt flat in the Vanni, bright and lucid on coral island and northern beaches and soft and scarred center.

And of course there are the cultural differences from the language to the cuisine to religion. Tamil culture has its own rythems and peoples here are proud of their heritage. It’s still tense up there, and conversations easily veer from Tamil history to the military presence. But for now the focus is on healing, rebuilding and reviving the rich tradition of northern life.

Top 10 Places to visit in Jaffna

  1. Jaffna Library

The Jaffna library was one of the best is asia before bring burned down by some Sinhala extremists. Now most of it is restored and it is open for public viewing it is one of the monumental building in Jaffna and very close to the town.

  1. Jaffna fort

Situated on the south side of the Jaffna peninsula at the water’s edge of the lagoon> the ancient fort in Jaffna is the second largest existing fort in the island> Originally build by the Portuguese in 1619 and rebuild and expended by the dutch during the second half of the 17th and the 18th centuries to facilitate trading activities of Sri Lanka’s northern region indicate not only of jaffna’s strategic importance to Europeans but it’s significances through tout Sri Lanka’s History.

  1. Nallur Temple

Nallur Kandasamy Kovil is Jaffna’s premier places of Hindu work ship. Nallur Kandasamy Kovil Characterized by a golden arch and elaborate Gopuram attracts of pilgrims and work shippers. The present building of the kovil goes back to the eighteenth century. The Original temple said to go back to the times of the Tamil Kings was destroyed by the temple. Is a place of the most important religious festival on Jaffna’s peninsula? It last 26 days and finish on nearby when you visit there. The Nallur Kovil is about 1km from the Jaffna town.

  1. Sangilien Thoopu

During the existence Nalluer Rajadhani, last king of the kingdom of the people on the northern part of the country was Sanhiliyan, but with the arrival of the Portuguese rule in the Sri lanka the fall of the kingdom was the earlier. Tamil king Sangiliyan palace stood now there is an entrance – arch, but this is said to be part of a later Dutch Building. The Sangilian thoopu is about 2.7kn from Jaffna bus stand.

  1. Naina Theevu

There are boat services available and the boat ride is an enjoyable way to visit the island. The island is a bit far from Jaffna and it will take round 2-3 hours to get there. Depending on the availability of the boats.

  1. Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil

Original temple was built by a rich foreign trader who received blessing from goddess MAmbal Devi when passing by in the sea, was demolished in the sixteen century by Portuguese. However Ambal statue was hidden by local and temple was rebuilt in 18 century. The actual gopuram was added in 1933. Many parents bring their new-born babies to this temple. Seeking the blessing of Goddess Meenakshi(Wife of Shiva) to whom this temple is now dedicated.

  1. Naga Deepa Purana Vihara

This temple is one of the three places in Sri Lanka. Where Lord Buddha has visited so Nagadeepa Viharaya is an important destination for Buddhist pilgrims. Purana Vihara were constructed by the two warring Naga kings, Mahodara and his nephew Chulodara, at the site where lord Buddha during his second visit to Sri Lanka – five years after attaining Enlighten-intervened and meditated in setting a dispute over the Possession of a gem studded throne; his precious throne which was offered to the Buddha, was returned by him to the Naga Kings and was latter enshrined in stupa located next to the temple.

  1. Kandarodie/Kandurugoda temple

There is an ancient Buddhist historical place called “Kandrodei” Situated in the midst of palmyra tree near to Chunnakam and it is 8km away from the Jaffna town. There are small dagobus numbering 61 scatted over about ½ acre land those small structures are constructed with ash-colored stone. Same dagobas have only the foundation. A Buddha statue, Bodhisaththwa statue, a stone a scripture and some coins believed to be in the 1st and 2nd centuries were found in this area. They are preserved at Jaffna Museum.

  1. Casurina Beach

one of the best beaches in the Jaffna penusula, the shallow waters and the very gen the waves making it an ideal for safe sea bathing you can a long way toward the sea in the clear blue water and a great place to visit to have a break during your travels. There are houses for rent if you want stay in this area, and it is around 15km away from Jaffna town

  1. Charty Beach

This clean prestige beach is situated in allaippiddy which is located some 23km north of Jaffna town.

  1. Keerimalai/Naguleswaram temple

Keerimali is renowned for its natural water spring where illnesses and sicknesses are cured miraculously after batching in it. Only a stone wall separate the pool r from the sea but water is fresh water coming from a spring. There is a Hindu temple called Naguleswaram temple is situated near to the Keerimali pond and is very popular among Hindu’s. The nearest place is Kankeesanthurai and situated northern tip of the Jaffna peninsula around 15km away from Jaffna town.

  1. Dambakola Potuna

An ancient port in Sri Lanka, this is where sangamiththu theraniya landed while bringing the Bo supplying used at srimahabodhiya. There is a temple and a statue of sangamiththa theraniya. The Tamil name of this place called Mathagal and situated around 20km from Jaffna town.


What’s New?

The A9 to Jaffna

Not only is this road open, but you no longer need permission from the ministry of defense to travel it same goes for most (But not all) of the north.

Keerimalia: - spring and Tellippalai, Jaffna Peninsula

The road of the ancient healing waters of Keerimalai spring-through a fascinatingly creepy militarized zone is open for the first time in 20 years

Jaffna Musical

Jaffna hosts this new biennial festival in March of odd-number years. Folk music and dance from across the north and east are performed.