Jaffna A journey

Jaffna is the capital city of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. It is the administrative headquarters of the Jaffna district located on a peninsula of the same name. With a population of 88,138, Jaffna is Sri Lanka's 12th largest city.

Jaffna Peninsula Entrance

Slowly but surely reemerging as a bastion of Hindu tradition, art and creative culture, Jaffna is once again welcoming visitors and looking to rise again. It’s an intriguing, unimposing and mostly untouristed place that's a thoroughly rewarding place to invest a few days discovering Sri Lankan Tamil culture.

Jaffna Public Library There's a statue of Saraswati – Hinduism’s goddess of knowledge – out front.

Tellingly, one of the first major buildings to be rebuilt after the 2002 ceasefire was Jaffna's Public Library. The earlier library was burnt down by pro-government mobs (some say forces) in July 1981, a destruction deemed a cultural attack by many Tamils – few acts were more significant in the build-up to civil war.

In its reconstruction, architects kept true to the elegant original neo-Mughal design. Today it’s a bright spacious place that's very actively used by Jaffna's citizens.

Jaffna Fort

Situated on the south side of the Jaffna peninsula at the water’s edge of the lagoon, the ancient Jaffna Fort is the second largest existing fort in the Island.

Jaffna's fort has been fought over for centuries. Today you're free to explore its walls, admire its gateways and moats and view the city from its ramparts.

Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil

One of the premier places of Hindu worship in Sri Lankan. The original Temple is said to be buitl 15th century (by King Buwanakabahu) and was destroyed by the Portuguese in 17th century.

Our Lady of Refuge Church

Our lady of Refuge Church (Church, Place of Worship) is located at 4th Cross Street, Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

This unusual structure looks like a whitewashed version of a Gloucestershire village church.

Jaffna Clock Tower

Jaffna Clock Tower in the city of Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka. One of the oldest landmarks of Jaffna, the ‘Victoria Clock Tower’ has been restored to its old glory at a cost of Rs 3.4 million. The refurbished clock tower started ticking again last week, with the installation of new clocks, facing the four directions.

An architectural curiosity, the spindly Clock Tower, has a Moorish domed top which makes it look like it belongs somewhere in North Africa.

Grand Mohideen Jumma Mosque at Manipay Road, Jaffna, Jaffna.
Jaffna railway station

Jaffna railway station is a railway station in the city of Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka. Owned by Sri Lanka Railways, the state-owned railway operator, the station is one of the busiest in the country, linking the north with the capital Colombo.

Gurunagar fishing port

Gurunagar , also known as Karaiyoor , is a suburb in Jaffna.

Gurunagar is mainly populated by catholic Tamil fishermen and is located near the Jaffna Fort.

Post office Jaffna
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