Jaffna - the hub of Hindu culture in Sri Lanka, is an exciting place to visit. Remote island shrines, ancient archeological sites, healing water springs and unspoiled beaches are just a few of the must visit attractions of the area.
With an identity that has been shaped by a wide cross section of influences, the Jaffna town is a unique mix of colourful temples, huge cathedrals and narrow roadways lined with Dutch and British colonial residences. Jaffna’s premier place of Hindu worship, the famous Nallur Kandasamy Kovil, attracts hundreds of pilgrims and devotees. A walk through the bustling Jaffna market which is full of locally produced goods, is an insight into the Jaffna way of life. On the southern edge of the peninsula is the second largest fort in the island, the Jaffna Fort which extends over an area of 4 acres. In the North towards Kankesanturai are the Keeramalai hot springs and the ruins of the Kanthrodai Buddhist temple. A day trip to the islands will allow you to explore the island of Delft, which has the ruins of a Portuguese Fort, and the Nainativu Island which is home to the ancient Nagadeepa Buddhist temple.
The Jaffna peninsula, located at the northernmost end of Sri Lanka, is scattered with brightly painted Hindu kovils, the ruins of ancient Buddhist temples, and churches from the colonial period that go back in time to the 17th Century.
Fringed by Palmyrah palms and surrounded by shallow waters, the small islands scattered off the coast of Jaffna offer a wealth of scenic beauty and cultural heritage, making them excellent day trip venues for visitors to the North.
The historic Jaffna Fort, the second largest fort in the country, is the best example of Dutch military architecture in Sri Lanka. Built originally by the Portuguese in 1618, it was built over by the Dutch in 1792.
Jaffna has an interesting array of sights to offer- from its extra ordinary landscape of palmyrah palms, secluded unspoiled beaches and vast expanses of water, to the cultural, religious and historical sites that are spread out over the peninsula.