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Jaffna Sri Lanka

Jaffna is the capital city of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. It is the administrative headquarters of the Jaffna district located on a peninsula of the same name. With a population of 88,138, Jaffna is Sri Lanka's 12th largest city.

This northernmost city is an ideal base for trips along the coastline and lagoons of the surrounding peninsula, where Hindu tradition, art and creative culture can be seen in abundance. Isolated from main-stream tourism by Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil war, it is now rapidly developing as a place to discover Sri Lankan Tamil culture.

Activities in Jaffna


Cycling

If you prefer cycling but aren't so keen on struggling with uphill climbs, there are many interesting trails in the lowlands of Sri Lanka that take you through a beautiful landscape of tea, rubber and spice plantations or even the ancient capital of POLONNARUWA .

Photography and Filming

Sri Lanka a breathtakingly beautiful island set in Indian ocean, where the sun shines 12 hours a day.Sri Lanka offers a wide variety of locations.We offer exotic and extraordinary locations that are normally inaccessible such as naturally beautiful settings, majestic hills, mist clad mount

Walking

Sri Lanka’s hill country is a land of tea-laden hillsides, gurgling waterfalls, stirring mountains and clear hill-country air. Here, in temperatures akin to a beautiful English summer’s day, is wonderful walking country.

Attractions in Jaffna


Nallur Kovil

Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil or Nallur Murugan Kovil (Tamil: ??????? ?????????? ??????) is one of the most significant Hindu temples in the Jaffna District of Northern Province, Sri Lanka. It stands in the town of Nallur. The presiding deity is Lord Murugan in the form of the holy Vel. The idol of the Nallur Devi or goddess was given to the temple in the 10th century CE by the Chola queen Sembiyan Mahadevi, in the style of Sembian bronzes.

Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil

Original temple, supposedly built by a rich foreign trader who received blessing from Goddess Ambal Devi when passing by in the sea, was demolished in the sixteen century by Portuguese. However Ambal statue was hidden by locals and temple was rebuilt in 18 century. The actual gopuram was a

Nagadipa Purana Vihara

Nagadeepa Purana Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in Jaffna district of Northern Province, Sri Lanka. It is among the country's sixteen or seventeen holiest Buddhist shrines (Solosmasthana). According to contemporary history, the Gautama Buddha visited the site after five years of attaining Enlightenment to settle the dispute between two warring Naga kings, Chulodara and Mahodara. Ancient history according to the Mahavamsa chronicles and the Tamil Buddhist epic Manimekalai mentions a gem-studded throne and a stone with the Buddha’s footprint at the island Nainativu, (also known as Nagadeepa) which pilgrims from India visited

Jaffna Fort

Jaffna Fort (Sinhalese: ????? ???????; Tamil: ??????????? ??????) is a fort built by the Portuguese at Jaffna, Sri Lanka in 1618 under Philip De Olivera following the Portuguese invasion of Jaffna. It was captured by the Dutch under Raiclop Van Goins in 1658 who expanded it. In 1795, it was taken over by the British, and remained under the control of a British garrison till 1948. As the only large military fort in the country, due to the presence of only government and military buildings within its ramparts, it was garrisoned by a detachment of the Ceylon Army.

Elephant Pass

Elephant Pass, (Tamil: ????????, Sinhalese: ???????) Northern Province, Sri Lanka is located in the gateway of Jaffna Peninsula. There are about 340km north from capital to here.It has an important military base and formerly was the island's largest salt field. It has thus regularly been the site of battles during the civil war.

Kantharodai Viharaya

It is the ancient burial site of sixty or so senior Tamil monks, ‘discovered’ in 1916 and excavated in the 1960’s. The twenty odd Stupas on flat coral stone beds, the largest about 20 feet in diameter, are said to contain the remains of the monks together with ‘treasure.’

Naguleswaram Temple

Keerimalai Naguleswaram temple historically known also as the Thirutambaleswaram Kovil of Keerimalai, is a famous Hindu temple in Keerimalai, located north of Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka near the ancient port of Kankesanthurai. One of the oldes

Keerimalai Hot springs

At the northern coast of Jaffna they have these wonderful springs. They are not warm, but the water is soothing and ethereal and the waves crash over the walls. Helicopters fly overhead. There is also a somewhat abandoned kovil nearby. Theres something strange about spring water. It handles light different, feels different, and is imbued with somehow more pleasantry. The Keerimalai springs are not warm like those inKanniya(near Trinco), but they are as big as a swimming pool. Its very nice, if you get there before the back-flipping kids.

Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple

The Dambakola Patuwa was used as a port in historical times. This area is considered as the place where Theri Sangamiththa landed with the Bo Sapling. According to historical records, king Devanampiyathissa (250-210 BC) visited Dambakolapatuna to welcome the guests and the Bo Sapling was later planted in Anuradapura. That’s is the most sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya. Dambakola Patuna Viharaya (Jambokola Viharaya) was built to commemorate this event. Today we can’t see any historical structures in this site and the most of the things are recently built ones.

Neduntheevu (Delft Island)

Neduntheevu or Neduntivu (Tamil: ?, Sinhalese: ?) (also known by its Dutch name Delft) is an island in the Palk Strait, northern Sri Lanka. This island is named as Delft in the Admiralty Chart unlike the other islands in the area which are named with their Tamil names. The

Kayts Causeway

A string of small islands stretch out to the west of Jaffna, pointing the way to India, mostly connected to the mainland by roads built up out of the shallow water. One day, we rented rickety old bikes and rode out on the causeway which begins near the fort to the first of the islands.

Casuarina Beach

Casuarina Beach is in Karainagar, Jaffna District, Sri Lanka, about 20 kilometers from Jaffna. The Casuarina Beach in Karainagar is also called and written as Casoorina, Cashoorina and few other variants. This is said[by whom?] to be the best beach in the Jaffna Peninsula. One can walk a long way in the deep blue water with gentle waves moving towards the land. The beach probably got its name due the Casuarina Trees along the beach. The beach lies about 20 km off Jaffna and may take about 45 minutes to travel by a vehicle.

Nilavarai Bottomless Well

The Nilavarai Well is popular attraction in Jaffna lying in Nilaavarai in the Navakkiri GS area of Valikaamam East division. Some times referred to as a bottomless well or Deep Well, this well is caused by collapse of the top layer, exposing a limestone cavern connected to a underground water source. It is said that this well never dries up even during severe drought and the water is used by the farmers in the surrounding area.

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