Why visit Jaffna? Top 7 places to visit in Jaffna.
If you are on the look out for a one of a kind and an adventurous travel
experience, visiting Jaffna is must have in your bucket list!
Here are some of the places that deserve your visit as you step into this
northern most area of out beautiful island country!
01. Nallur Temple
The nallur temple which is also called the 'Nallur Kandiswamy Kovil' recieves
pilgrims hailing from many parts of the world!
This sacred place of worship belongs to the 15th century BC and its
extended 'Gopuram' attracts many visitors everyday!
It would be ideal to visit this golden temple in the evening if you pay a visit
in August and you will be able to witness the renowned yearly Nallur
02. Sangilean Thoopu
This place resonates the history of this iconic city; Jaffna and specifically,
the last tamil king of the Kingdom of Jaffna.
This place has remnants of the ancient royal palace and an old bathing pool.
Jaffna is a city that is instilled in rich heritage!
So never miss it if you pay this city a visit!
03. Nainativu Island
This place is also called the 'Nagadeepa isalnd', and it is off the coast of the
Jaffna peninsula .
The island is popular for boat rides and we are certain you will enjoy it as
you visit this island.
It will take around two to three hours to reach this island from the city and
you can take the ferry from the Kurikadduwan Jetty to reach this island.
Folklore reflects that this area was occupied by a group of people called
This island features of two places of worship and recieves veneration from
both buddhists and hindus.
It is believed that Lord Buddha visited the place where the shrine;
'Nagadeepa Purana Viharaya' is located, where a dispute among the tribal
kings was resolved.
You will also witness the site of the Nagapooshani Amman Hindu Temple
which recived the veneration by many tamils across the country.
04. Jaffna Library
This building is a major reflection of the unique identity of the North of Sri
The libarary was established by the then mayor of Jaffna; Alfred
It was cited as one of the largest libraries in Asia, which was unfortunatel
distroyed in a fire that was caused amidst the unfortunate political tensions
that sweeped across the island before the three decade civil war began.
Now, you can witness the restored building, as you visit this iconic city.
05. Dambakola Patuna
If you are an epitome of a history lover, this place has a lot in store for you!
Why would we say that? Well, the history of this place can be traced back
to about 2000 years and this has been an ancient port in the country!
Buddhism was preached to the island by Sanagmiththa therani who arrived
at this port as per the sources.
What is renowned as the 'oldest human-planted tree' in the world (planted
by a man); 'Sri Maha Bodhi' in Anuradhapura, also shares a connecrion with
It is interesting to note that it was the sapling of that tree which was
brought by the therani who arrived at this port as she came from our
neighbouring country; India - as a matter of fact, she was the daughter
of the renowed Indian emporer ; King Ashoka!
This site is being maintianed by Sri Lanka Navy.
06. Jaffna Fort
Jaffna fort is a popular attraction in Jaffna and it takes a shape of a star!
Interesting isn't it?
Have you heard of the foreign invasions of Sri Lanka?
Our island saw a potuguese invasion, and it was during their reign that this
fort was constructed.
Sources say that it was renovated by the Dutch and has also been under the
British during the colonization of Ceylon.
If you are visiting this place, the ideal time to do so would be at sunset.
This place is also renowned as the " Fortress of Our Lady of Miracles of
Make sure you witness the amazing views of the Jaffna lagoon from this
07. Casuarina Beach
Located in Karaingar on an island called "Karaitivu" in Jaffna, this is one of
the best white sandy beaches in the island!
It's name is said to take after the trees called 'Casoorina' that can be spotted
around the beach.
Now we have some useful information for you!
This place has access to fresh water, changing roms and even a cafe on the
You can take a stroll along the beach and explore the serene sights that this
famous place has got in store for you!
If you are planning to visit this city located in the north most tip of Sri
Lanka, make sure that you witness its authenticity that resonates from the
historic monuments to the sacred places of worship to the beautiful
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