Boat services around Jaffna
Once you get to Jaffna don't hesitate to visit surrounding islands. They are beautyfull and - it's important - landmine free. You can find there some great temples, abandonned villages and friendly people.
Three of the major islands - Kayts, Karaitivu and Punkudutivu - are joined to the mainland by causeways over the shallow waters around the peninsula. Close to the beautyfull town of Kayts, at the northern tip of Kayts Island, stands the island fort of Hammenhiel, which ic accessible by boat from Kayts. The name means 'heel-of-the-ham' and relates to the Dutch view that Ceylon was shaped rather like a ham.
Delft, named after the Dutch town of that name, is 10 km off Punkudutivu and 35 km from Jaffna. Ferries go from Nainativu and Kurikkaduvan. The island is known for its traces of the Portuguese and Dutch eras, such as the Dutch garrison captain's country house, and also for its bleak, windswept beauty. The small Dutch fort is only a short walk from the port. On the island are hundredsof stone walls which, like the Dutch fort, are made of huge, beautiful chunks of the brain and fan coral of which the island is composed.
Delft is not the only island with a dutch name. You will find also Rotterdam, Haarlem, Horn and Enkuysen. Keyts Island was called Leyden, Karaitivu - Amsterdam and Punkudutivu - Middeleberg.
You can see more pictures from the islands in my travelogue.
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Taking a bus to Jaffna
From Colombo to Jaffna you can now fly every day. It's fast and not so expensive. But a land-trip is far more interesting. First you have to get to Vavunia - it's a "border" town. After passing several checkpoints you will leave governement controlled teritory and enter to LTTE (Tamil Tigers) controlled area. There you will easly find a bus in direction of Jaffna. From the bus window you can enjoy the views of bombarded villages, landmines fields and abandonned tanks...
Jaffna is controlled by governement forces, so few kilometers before the city once again a "borderline" with checkpoints, changing of bus etc.
This trip is very strange but interesting experience.
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Travel to Jaffna By Air
Expo Air Srilanka's Leading and Reliable Domestic Airline is the best option for Air Travel as it flies daily flights to Jaffna using a Fokker 27-500 Aircraft and highly experienced friendly staff.
Greatly appreciated and recomended by all passengers travelling on Expo Air it is truly an experience to be shared apart from the visit to Jaffna. And friendly Staff of Expo Air also guides all tourists and holidaymakers to make their travel a great Sucess.
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