Sri Lanka Jaffna Thirukketisvaram Temple
Sri Lanka Jaffna Sampunaatheecharam Shiva Temple
Sri Lanka Jaffna Public Library

Jaffna, in Sri Lanka’s far north, offers an insight into the country’s Tamil culture.

For several decades, Jaffna and its surrounding regions were at the centre of Sri Lanka’s civil war between the Tamil north and Sinhalese south. Today, Jaffna is a strikingly cosmopolitan city emerging from its troubled past.

There aren’t lots of specific tourist sites here, but it is still an interesting place to visit, baring the scars of the civil war. The public library, clock tower and the Jaffna fort are all worth visiting, with a number of religious sites such as St Mary’s Cathedral.

There are trains and buses from Colombo, with buses or cars to travel locally as well as hiring bicycles from guest houses.

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