The North

Best Time to Visit: May - Aug ; ill advised: Dec - March


Slowly but surely re-emerging 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 unexplored place that's a thoroughly rewarding place to invest a few days discovering Sri Lankan Tamil culture.

As refugees and exiles return to rebuild the city, confidence and finance is returning. The city is surprisingly green and leafy, with attractive palm-shaded colonial-era suburbs and beautiful temples and churches. Physically, new structures (including the city's first shopping mall) and upgraded road, rail and air connections are inspiring optimism. But you’ll appreciate Jaffna more for its insights into the Tamil people and their struggle than for any specific points of interest. The city is also an ideal base for forays to the idyllic islands just to the west, and trips along the coastline and lagoons of the surrounding peninsula.

The North on map

Experiences in The North