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This northern town has its own unique culture

Sri Lanka’s northern-most city that was kept from the tourist trail due to the 30-year civil war which ended in 2009, Jaffna is now rising as a must-see Sri Lanka holiday destination as it offers much to do and has a fascinating culture that is markedly different from that of the rest of the island, influenced by many traditions from South India. Jaffna’s full of hidden treasures including the famous library dating back to 1841, Jaffna Fort (built in 1680), nearby Nainativu Island, Nagadeepa Purana Vihara and the spectacular Nallur Kovil. You can also sail out to nearby Delft Island and see the wild horses, left behind by the Portuguese in the 16th century.

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  • The Jaffna kingdom (1215-1624) was led by a historic monarchy who built an economy based on pearl and elephant exports, as well as land revenue.

Experiences & Things to Do at Jaffna

Curry cooking lesson and lunch - Jaffna -  Sri Lanka In Style
Curry cooking lesson and lunch

Take home the secrets of Jaffna Crab Curry, a dish which is revered throughout the island. The chef at a local boutique hotel will teach the class.

A visit to Nallur Kovil - Jaffna -  Sri Lanka In Style
A visit to Nallur Kovil

The Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil dates back to 1734 and is one of Sri Lanka’s most significant Hindu temples.

Delft, Sri Lanka’s forgotten island - Jaffna -  Sri Lanka In Style
Delft, Sri Lanka’s forgotten island

Hop on a boat to Delft Island for a day of discovery with your host. Take in the old Delft Fort, an ancient Baobab tree and the wild ponies here.

Seven days sailing across Sri Lanka’s undiscovered north - Jaffna -  Sri Lanka In Style
Seven days sailing across Sri Lanka’s undiscovered north

Spend a week sailing along Sri Lanka’s northern coastline in a custom-built catamaran. Enjoy snorkelling, fishing and paddle-boarding.


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