Jaffna

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Jaffna is the capital city of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka about 410 km away from Colombo. It is situated on a flat, dry peninsula at the island’s northern tip. Jaffna District is divided into four subdivisions. They are Islands, Valikamam, Thenmaradchy and Vadamaradchi. 85% of the populations of the Jaffna and Kilinochchi districts are Hindus. An Old Dutch Fort still stands well preserved within which is an old Church. Another example of Dutch architecture is the King's House. No visit to Jaffna is complete without tasting the exquisite Jaffna mango, reputed for its sweetness. About 3 km away is the majestic Nallur Kandaswamy Temple, home to the largest religious temple in Jaffna. The Kayts Harbour is an ancient ship docking site in the Jaffna region.

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Things to do in Jaffna

Relax at the Beach and a Natural Pool

Jaffna is one of the busier cities in Sri Lanka. Escape the city with a 25-minute drive towards Kankesanthurai Beach. See the very clear blue waters and play around with the locals who are also chilling on the beach. Visit the Nallur Kandaswamy Temple


This Hindu Temple is a 10-minute drive from the city centre. You can visit the red coloured temple, just take your shoes off. When you plan a visit in late August, you can experience their 25-day colourful Nallur festival.


Public Library and Clock Tower

For some more sightseeing in town, visit the old public library in the centre of Jaffna. Nearby is the clock tower, which is built by the British.


Visit Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil

Even though this place is far from the other tourist destinations, there are many best things to do in Jaffna for at least a day or two. The northern part of Sri Lanka has many people of Indian origin and you find magnificent ancient culture and marvels. The Nallur Kandaswamy temple is famous for its architecture and was built around 948 AD. While you wish to cover all the top things to do in Jaffna, you must visit this famous place where the temple is open from morning 5 am.


Enjoy the Coastal Stretch and Beach

It doesnt cost you much to roam and relax in this coastal stretch. Even though Jaffna is the busiest place, you will find yourself lost in the Kankesanthurai beach. You will get into peace terms with the crystalline clear blue waters. There is also a special Keerimalai pond famous for this place. It resembles your modern swimming pool, but a natural pond of ages-old with clear and clean water.


Visit Nainativu island

The best things to do in Jaffna Srilanka will never end if you miss visiting places like Nainativu island. Enjoy the double pleasure of being on the island as well as completing a boat trip while you visit this place. Carry some food as well with you when you visit the most popular Delft island. There are few wild horses and an ancient Portuguese fort to welcome you here.


Public Library and Clock Tower

There are even more amazing sightseeing places like the public library. This attractive architecture likes in the centre of the city. There is also a resplendent clock tower which is built by the British and still stand as an epitome. Besides the ancient architecture, there are even jungle vines and piles of rubble that grab your attention.


Dutch Fort

This stunning Dutch fort is very near the public library. Everyone thoroughly enjoys watching the sunset from this star-shaped fort. Even though it is built around 1618 by the Portuguese, it still attracts many tourists.

Best time to Visit Jaffna

The best months for good weather in Jaffna are January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August and September


On average, the warmest months are February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November


The rainiest months are October and November

The sea temperature is suitable for swimming all year round

Weather of Jaffna

The best months for good weather in Jaffna are January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August and September


On average, the warmest months are February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November


The rainiest months are October and November


The sea temperature is suitable for swimming all year round