Experience the uncharted north

An adventurous combination of historical, cultural, and geographical experiences is scattered across the northern peninsula. Largely unexplored, the wonders of our vast region have lived through decades of strife, yet remain beautifully preserved for all those who come upon them.

The ancient kingdom of Jaffna lives on through a series of well preserved legacies turned icons, such as the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil which hosts the longest festival on our island every year. Similarly, histories of the colonial era live on through the majestic splendour of the Jaffna Fort, and even the windswept island of Neduntivu – commonly referred to as Delft Island. Resting upon the waters of the Palk Strait, the islets off our peninsula are central to this region’s identity. Nainativu, or Nagadeepa, for instance, has been one of the most visited by Buddhists and Hindus alike for centuries. A number of symbols that preserve these religions can also be found throughout the north, and include attractions such as Keerimalai, the Kadurugoda temple and ruins, and even the ancient port of Dambakola Patuna.

Be it through the cacophony of the local market or the reverence of the Public Library, the colours of our heritage are a gift we are delighted to share with the world. Beyond the city limits however, we also offer suburban excursions by bicycle, or visits to the northernmost point of Sri Lanka at Sakkotai Cape, and even the Chundikulam Bird Sanctuary, which lies on the northeastern shoreline.