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Jaffna is the cultural town of the Tamil people of Sri Lanka. Jaffna District, the northernmost region of the Island of Sri Lanka, is one of the oldest habitation sites in Lower South Asia, populated by Tamil speaking people. Jaffna is situated within ten degrees of latitude to the north of the equator. It is in close proximity to the sub-continent of India and separated from it by the Palk Strait and the Bay of Bengal.

Get around

Once in Jaffna there are several modes of transport.

By auto (tuk-tuk)

these are three wheelers which are very common in south east asian countries. These are the quickest and probably the cheapest way to get around to places.

By bus

Public transport system available in Jaffna are the buses.

By Mini-Van

These are private hire mini-vans, best if you need transportation for the whole day.


The locals get around on cycles and Mopeds, Cycling is not safe with the number of dogs on the street.


Kopaiy Maaveerar Thuyilum Illam

Nallur Temple

Selva Sannithi Temple

Nagapoosani Temple (Nainatheevu)

Jaffna Library

vaddu kannaki amman temple -vaddukoddai


Maavaarar Naal (National Heroes Day) - November 27th This is a must see. This is a rememberence day of the fallen heroes of LTTE, in the war against the Srilankan state.

  • Nallur Kovil Thaer Thiruvizha (Chariot Festival) This is one of the biggest festivals in Jaffna at the greatest temples in Sri-lanka. This is a feast for the senses while the faithful are praying and the chariot is being pulled through the temple grounds.
  • Thai-Pongal (harvest festival) Thai Pongal happens on January 14th and it is the celebration of good harvest. There will be fireworks and celebrations all thorugh the day and night. All temples hold special Pongal poojas where people make pongal in front of the temple.

'*Theepavali' The festival of light.


There isn't a lot to do on Jaffna unless you arrive at festival times. Nallur Kovil Thiruvizha (festival) is the biggest event in the Jaffna calendar when all the faithful come home to pray.




The Local brew is toddy, from Coconut tree or the Palmyrah tree. Toddy from the Palmyrah tree is sweeter.



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