Left behind in urbanization due to civil wars and battles, the city of Jaffna still holds a window to age-old Sri Lanka. However, today it is developing rapidly and welcomes visitors to experience its unique cultural sites, delicious cuisine and warm hospitality. Explore the relics from the colonial era, the remnants from the time kings and queens ruled the city and of course the simple daily life of the people here.
Why you will love it!
- Learn about the history of this town and how it integrates with the rest of the island.
- One of the less commercialised tourist places in Sri Lanka that are perfect to get a glimpse into the rustic lifestyle of the country
- Experience the unique blend of cultures – South Indian, British and Dutch
What you will experience
A bastion of Hindu tradition, art and creative culture, Jaffna is very different from the rest of Sri Lanka. It’s intriguing, unimposing, slightly off the beaten path and a thoroughly rewarding place to discover Sri Lankan Tamil culture.
Discover the vibrant city on the verge of urbanization yet retaining the calm and quiet of the village life. As you make your way through its streets, learn about its distinct landmarks and the fascinating histories and stories around them. Start at the relics of Manthri Manai (Minister's Palace), which is believed to have once belonged to a minister of the kingdom of Jaffna. Revel in its unique architecture, which is a blend of Dravidian, Dutch and British styles. Get a glimpse of the rich history and ancient times at the famed Jaffna library. This restored monument houses some of the rarest collections of books, manuscripts and archival material on Sri Lankan history written in a palm leaf.
Stop at the Jaffna Fort, which traces its roots back to the Dutch era. A symbol of Jaffna's rich past, it is one of the largest forts in Asia and has seen multiple role changes in the decades. It housed a Governor's place, armouries and barracks, Queen's House of Jaffna and several other structures. Warp up the trip with a stunning sunset view from the palace.