Jaffna Travel Guide

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    unloading the ferry
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    Nagadipa Purana Vihara
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Jaffna Things to Do

  • Dutch Fort in Neduntivu islet

    Five hundred years ago ,Portuguese built this fort in Neduntivu (an islet of Jaffna peninsula )At That time , they called this islet ,Ilha das Vacas .During the Dutch rule of Sri Lanka, Dutch called this islet ,Delft Island.

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  • Jaffna Fort

    Situated on the south side of the Jaffna peninsula at the water’s edge of the lagoon, the ancient fort in Jaffna is the second largest existing fort in the Island.Originally built by the Portuguese in 1619 and re-built and expanded by the Dutch during the second half of the 17th and the 18th centuries to facilitate trading activities of Sri Lanka’s...

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  • Kadurugoda Temple

    There is a ancient buddhist historical place called 'Kandarodei' situated in the midst of palmyrah trees beyond Manipai about 10 Kilometres away from Jaffna. There are small dagabas numbering 61 scattered over about 1/2 acre land. Those small structures are constructed with ash-coloured stone. Some dagabas have only the foundation.A Buddha statue,...

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  • 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 added in 1933.Many parents bring their new-born babies to...

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  • Nallur Kandasamy Kovil

    Nallur Kandasamy Kovil is Jaffna's premier place of Hindu worship. Nallur Kandasamy Kovil characterised by a golden arch and elaborate gopuram attracts hundreds of pilgrims and worshippers. Shops in the vicinity cater to the needs of the devotees by selling coconuts, plantains and camphor. The present building of the kovil goes back to the...

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  • Nagadipa Purana Vihara

    This temple, located in the village of Nagadipa on (close to Jaffna) Nainativu Island, is one of 16 hallowed by visits of the Buddha places of veneration in Sri Lanka.Purana Vihara were constructed by the two warring Naga kings, Mahodara and his nephew Chulodara, at the site where Lord Buddha during his second visit to Lanka - five years after...

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  • 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...

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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...

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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...

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Jaffna Warnings and Dangers

  • Not easy to communicate

    The main problem for a tourist in Jaffna is the fact that - contrary to other places in Sri Lanka - very few local people speaks english. It's due to years of war and isolation of the city. Of course, everybody wants to help you, but there is still a "language barrier". So if neeeded ask the soldiers - most of them speaks at least basic english.

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  • Strong military presence

    In Jaffna, more then in others parts of Sri Lanka, the army is omnipresent and strongly armed. Checkpoints like this one are almost everywhere, so you need to carry your passport all the time. But the soldiers are quite friendly and helpfull, and big part of them speaks basic english.But don't take an exemple from me and don't try to make the...

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Jaffna Off The Beaten Path

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    Murikandy Pillayar Shrine

    by tommix Updated Feb 4, 2004

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    It's not literally "off the beaten path". It's even almost directly "on" the beaten path, but quite far away from Jaffna. More precisely it's on the road from Vavuniya to Jaffna. Almost every bus, every car stops here and the Tamils are making offerings in this small shrine, because the belief had grown that unless you stopped and worshipped here, you would not proceed much further without a mishap befalling you! And on the way back from Jaffna they express their gratitude for returning safely. Many are the coconuts dashed in front of Pillayar.
    There is a lot of legends about the origin of this shrine. One of them is telling that a growth resembling the face of Lord Ganesha had grown on a Palu tree near the road and that's why a small temple - cadjan covered had been built. According to another one, the shrine was build by the roadbuilders after they found a waterspring there...
    Anyway it's a very interesting place. Pay attention on the lorry drivers - after visiting the shrine they put the blessed powders on their trucks.

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  • by santhan12 Written Sep 20, 2012

    Favorite thing: be careful with this hotel.they will rob your valuable if you leave in the room .
    when i left my wallet in the room while i was eating. my cash was taken not all
    but few hundred dollers.inform the police and get the money from the owners
    if this happend to you,dont stay there.when i went to police they said this is the forth time this happend as far as they know.lot of times people dont notice
    when they take little money and they dont bother informing the police

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