Jaffna Fort by the shores and the greenery, signifying the Chimes Heard from the Beautiful Jaffna, in Paradise of Sri Lanka!
The Beautiful Jaffna Fort, in the paradise of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka- the wonderful island in the Indian Ocean, has become one of the most famous tourist hotspots in the world for decades based on many and more unique reasons. To be specific, millions of people attract yearly towards the sunny and golden sandy beaches around this country, nature, and wildlife, traditional food, ideal waves for surfing on the beaches, the beautiful gardens to watch, to study the ruins from the great history and also to enjoy the generous hospitality of the Sri Lankans here. However, Jaffna in Sri Lanka is such a must-visit! So, having chosen Sri Lanka to spend the next holiday right, let us find out in and out all about Jaffna before backpacking to Sri Lanka. We are sure that this read will surely make you visit this splendid city from the North most corner of the island!

Location of the City of Jaffna in Sri Lanka

Jaffna is located in the Northern province of the pearl of the Indian Ocean. This city’s location is unique as it is around the tip of Sri Lanka’s geographical map. It is around 357km to Jaffna from Colombo- the capital city of Sri Lanka. On average, it takes about 6-7 hours to travel to Jaffna from Colombo. However, the time can vary based on the mode of transportation you use to travel here. However, it is an excitement to head to the North of Sri Lanka. So come along to find out how to go to this unique city full of speciality.

How to Get to the City of Jaffna

There are various transportation methods in Sri Lanka. Thus, it is always better to study the modes of transportation and then choose the best to get to your destination. That’s to make sure your journey would be comfortable and valuable for what you spend. Below are the transportation options to Jaffna.

  • The bus from Colombo to Jaffna
  • Head To North By train
  • Hiring a Private cab
  • Get to the upper tip of the Sri Lankan map, all the way by air
  • The bus service Colombo-Jaffna

The following briefs would provide you a better overview on these transportation methods!

The Buses from Colombo to Jaffna

There is a daily and regular bus service from the main Bus stand at Colombo to Jaffna city. It takes about 12.5 hours for the journey along Sri Lanka’s much more developed roads at present. Roughly semi-luxury/luxury bus fare for this journey is around USD4 to USD6, equivalent to LKR 900-1200.

The Trains from Colombo to Jaffna

There is a daily train service from Colombo Fort Central Railway station to the Jaffna Railway station. Traveling by train to Jaffna is also a unique experience to study the social culture of the people who head there. The train journey from Colombo to Jaffna takes around 6-8 hours and costs around USD 3 to USD 8 based on the class you chose.

Besides, it is always advisable to make pre-reservation for any long trip in Sri Lanka by train to ensure convenient seating. You can make your reservations online at Sri Lanka Railways’s website.

Head to Jaffna by a Private Cab

Choosing a cab to travel to Jaffna is the most famous transportation option among tourists who visit Sri Lanka. There is a reason behind it as well. As mentioned in many other articles on our site, Sri Lanka is like a treasure chest for the travel-loving and exploring souls. There are many and more unique, adventurous, and beautiful things and places to watch in almost any city you pass. Thus, when you travel within Sri Lanka, it is not a journey from A to B. Therefore, a private cab is a good transportation option on your travel to Jaffna since it will create opportunities to enjoy the other notable places on the way as well.

The taxi prices vary based on the type of your journey (one way or round trip) and the number of days etc.

Flights to Jaffna

Flying Jaffna is not an option if you are into a budget trip. Yet, taking a flight from Colombo to Jaffna is a brilliant idea if you can afford it. There are daily flights on this route and they are operated by the charter airlines such as Cinnamon Air.

History of Jaffna in Sri Lanka

Jaffna holds 12th place in the list of the most popular cities in Sri Lanka. It is due to the historical and current specialty of the town. The history of Jaffna runs as far as the 12th century. Back then, Jaffna was popular in Sri Lanka as ‘Yapa Patuna.’ Moreover, Jaffna has a history of invasions, mainly from the Indians and the Europeans.

Indian Invasions in Jaffna

It was first occupied by an Indian invader, namely Kalinga Magha, in 1215. Subsequently, it was occupied by a Malay chieftain in the name of Chandrabhanu from Thailand. It was in 1255. After that, Arya Chakrawarthi- a leader from the Pandyan Dynasty- invaded the Jaffna Kingdom in Sri Lanka.  

Meanwhile, in 1950, Parakramabahu VI’s son, King Buwanekabahu VI of Kotte, conquered Jaffna City. His only intention was to become the King of Jaffna Peninsula, which became a reality only after a lot of planning and two consecutive battles. Another name for him is ‘Sapumal Kumaraya’ or ‘Champaka Perumal’. Sapumal Kumaraya ruled the Kingdom of Jaffna for about 17 years and then he had to go to the South following his father’s death. This King’s name is in the historical literature masterpiece ‘Kokila Sandeshaya,’ written in the 15th century. The poem mentions Sapumal Kumaraya or King Buwanekabahu VI as the ‘conquer of Yapa Patuna.’

Afterward, a few more leaders ruled the North. They were from the ‘Aryachakrawarthi’ dynasty from time to time until the European invaders entered Ceylon.

European Invasions at Jaffna

Finally, Jaffna began to go from one hand to another of the European invaders. It was at the end of the 15th century. Firstly, the Kingdom of Jaffna was occupied by the Portuguese in 1619. They soon had to leave the Jaffna peninsula with the Dutch’s arrival and their invasion that followed. Subsequently, in 1769, the Dutch also lost it to the British. The British ruled the Kingdom of Jaffna until Sri Lanka received Independence in 1948.

Geography, Weather and Climate in Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Jaffna is an area in Sri Lanka that is located at sea level. As Jaffna Peninsula had limestone in its soil from the past, the soil contains limestone at present too.

It is generally a dry area where the temperature rises to 28 Celsius and even slightly higher than that on a scorching day in the dry season. That is between February and September. Besides, it has a tropical savanna climate. There are Palmyra groves on the roadsides and the valleys. The atmosphere and the geography of the area are amicable for farming significantly for growing crops that match the dry areas. While travelling on the roads, it is common to see the vegetation and crops neatly standing in slots. 

The temperature gets a little cold in the period between December to January. Nevertheless, Jaffna receives the rain from the Northern monsoon. 

Culture in Jaffna of Sri Lanka

Jaffna is a city in Sri Lanka that is rich with a unique culture that is not there in any other area of the Island. 

The majority of the population here is Tamil and they follow Hinduism as their religion. There are also Tamils who are Catholics. The reason can be the South Indian Invasions and the European invasions faced by these areas of the country in the olden days. 

The people prefer colourful and glittery things such as clothes and other fashion ornaments. 

The food culture here is also something unique. The people here use Undu and Palmyra to prepare most of the food. Tamils in Jaffna eat healthy and mostly vegetarian as Hindus. You can eat the best Wadeys and Dosai at Jaffna. Besides, our article on Cultural food will surely enlighten you more with regard to the most popular food items across Jaffna!

Places to See in Jaffna

Being such a great and historical area of ancient Ceylon, Jaffna has various places to see today, through which you can learn, amaze and enjoy. There are many historically significant places, the constructions rich with ancient architecture, and places with religious values scattered throughout the Jaffna Peninsula. Some of them are as follows.

  1. Jaffna Fort
  2. Nallur Kandasamy Temple
  3. Jaffna Archeological Museum
  4. Nagadeepaya
  5. Nagadeepa Viharaya
  6. Nagapooshani Amman Temple
  7. Famous Library in Jaffna
  8. Jaffna Clock Tower
  9. Famous Market in Jaffna
  10. Nilavarai Bottomless well
  11. Dambakolapatuna
  12. St. Mary’s Cathedral
  13. Casuarina beach
  14. Rio Ice Cream Parlour

Below are detailed descriptions of those places to see in Jaffna during your most educational and fantastic travel to the North of Sri Lanka.

1. Jaffna Fort

It is a place you must never miss seeing! The history of this place, the unmatchable architecture, and other unique features of this immense structure are something to study and see around too!

Jaffna fort came into existence in 1618 following the invasion of the Portuguese. The Portuguese built this gigantic structure as an icon of their establishment on the Northern coasts of Sri Lanka. It also served the purpose of their safety from enemies. Jaffna Fort is also famous as the Fortress of Our Lady of Miracles. 

After the colonization of the Dutch in Sri Lanka, the Jaffna fort was subjected to expansion In 1658. In 1795, this magnificent building was taken under the British with their invasion of Sri Lanka. Some buildings belonged to the military forces and government. Some of the buildings are the Governor’s residence, Queen’s House, the Kruys Church, and the Police quarters. Those units within the fort are now in a destroyed condition and can hardly be identified against their superstructures. However, the Jaffna fort is famous within Sri Lanka as the largest military fort on the island and the second biggest fort in Sri Lanka.

Present Status of the Jaffna Fort

Later, during the war in Sri Lanka that lasted for thirty years, the Jaffna Fort in Sri Lanka was under the LTTE. During this period, there were several damages caused to the fort building. Especially the rampart at the seaside was destroyed severely. However, later the Sri Lankan Army could recapture the fort and renovate it to what it is today.

If you visit Jaffna, the Jaffna fort is somewhere you must see and roam around. As a visitor, you have the opportunity to wander around and walk on the vast ramparts of the structure and capture the site’s best views in your camera lens. And yes, they prove that the Jaffna fort is one of the best-preserved fortifications in Sri Lanka.

The Unique Architecture of the Jaffna Fort in Sri Lanka

The Jaffna fort is another archaeological structure that expresses the greatness of Portuguese architecture in Sri Lanka. It has several features of uniqueness and technology to serve its purpose of being a military fort back then.

The whole structure is in the shape of a pentagon and is a creation of limestone and black corals. There are two ramparts-the inner ramparts and the outer rampart. Within the two ramparts, there is a moat. There have been tunnels in the outer rampart. There is also a path from the back of the fort, which leads to access to the ramparts.

It is impressive how the fort’s architecture is planned when you look at this beautiful creation’s whole structure. It stands to protect the remarkable monuments inside the fort and transport arms to the ramparts. The buildings’ architecture within the fortification also has attributed the ancient Portuguese architecture, which is impressive. 

2. Nallur Kandasamy Temple

Nallur Kandasamy Temple is a  Hindu shrine in the city of Jaffna in Sri Lanka. It is located in the proximity of the Jaffna town center.  It is a creation in the 15th century and has been the most revered shrine of the thousands of Hindu people in the area for years. 

The annual festival of this Hindu temple is in August. It is the famous Nallur festival that lasts for 25 long days in August. People worship and celebrate this festival in honor of the god Skanda. Thus, if you get here in August, make sure you do not miss seeing the festival’s rituals and colorful celebrations in the evenings. However, it is a little crowded in Jaffna’s city during this festival period as people go on shopping to collect food and clothes to get ready for the festival.

3. Jaffna Archaeological Museum in Sri Lanka

The archaeological museum in Jaffna, which was established in 1972, is found at Nallur. It is at a distance of less than 2.5 km from the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil.

The government of Sri Lanka manages this place. Jaffna archaeological museum is the best place to explore ancient Jaffna’s culture and technology and the colonization influences on the North of Sri Lanka. The museum exhibits canons belong to the colonial era and many excavated materials, such as metal, stone, and clay objects of historical importance. There are also other exhibits related to Hinduism and Buddhism in the North of Sri Lanka. A special presentation you should not miss seeing here is the ‘seven-mouthed clay pot,’ which is an ancient musical instrument from the 14th century.

The front part is a cultural center named under Arumugam Navalar-whose foundation had raised funds to build up the Jaffna Archaeological museum. It is open for public visits from 8 am to 4.45 pm except on public holidays and Tuesdays.

4. Nagadeepa (Nainativu Island)

Nagadeepa or Nainativu, as the name depicts, is the area where the ancient Naga tribe had their accommodation in Sri Lanka. It is a small island closer to the Jaffna peninsula.

Getting to that Island is also a journey of excitement. You can get on a ferry at the Kurikadduwan Jetty that transports passengers who need to get on to Nainativu Island. The ferry takes you to the Jetty of the Island for a reasonable charge in less than thirty minutes.

5. Nagadeepa Viharaya (The Buddhist shrine)

On the Island of Nagadeepa, there is one of the main Buddhist Temples in Sri Lanka. It is called ‘Nagadeepa Viharaya.’ Nagadeepa Viharaya is also one of the sixteen holiest Buddhist shrines in Sri Lanka which are famous as ‘Solosmasthana.’ Buddhists in Sri Lanka visit this temple yearly with great respect due to a very significant reason. 

According to Buddhist historical records, Lord Buddha visited Sri Lanka, which was then popular as ‘Lanka Deepa’ three times after his enlightenment. That was to Kelaniya, Sri Pada (Adam’s peak), and Nagadeepa. The history further reveals that the Lord Buddha visited Nagadeepa to settle a disagreement between two Kings who belonged to the Naga tribe. They were namely ‘Chulodara’ and ‘Mahodara.’ ‘According to that story, the two Naga Kings fought over a gem-studded throne. This incident is there as a painting on the walls of image houses at several Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. 

The re-construction of this place of worship and respect has been done during the throne of King Devanmpiyatissa. Meanwhile, in the recent past, during the war in Sri Lanka, Nagadepa Viharaya has been destroyed by the LTTE.

A person who visits Jaffna in Sri Lanka never misses seeing this temple to worship, imagine and wonder about the incident of Lord Buddha’s visit on this land back then.

6. Nagapooshani Amman Temple

There is another religious structure with great importance located on the island of Nagadeepa. It is Nagapooshani Amman Temple. This Hindu Temple or the Kovil is a place of great respect and worship for the Tamil people of Sri Lanka.

There are four entries to this Hindu shrine, and within the temple, there is a massive statue of a bull decorated in Jewelry, which is the symbol of the god shiva’s vehicle. 

There are around 800 meters between the Buddhist Temple and the Hindu shrine, which you could walk or very easily travel by a tuk-tuk available closer to both temples. Meanwhile, the Jetty, where you could catch a ferry to travel to the main island, is located at the Nagapooshani Amman Temple’s vicinity.  

7. Famous Library in Jaffna 

The Library of Jaffna is very famous in the whole of Asia. It is one of the largest libraries in Asia, containing more than a hundred thousand books. Jaffna Library was built in 1933 and is currently managed by the Municipal council of Jaffna.

The library building’s classical architecture and the well-maintained gardens within the premises make the Jaffna library an icon in Jaffna and a graceful emblem of the Northern Sri Lankan inheritance of literature knowledge.  

Moreover, the Jaffna library underwent a regrettable incident during the civil war of Sri Lanka. It was in 1981 when the library got destroyed by an arson attack. The whole building was in the fire, and over a million valuable books and manuscripts were destroyed by this fire, which was a priceless loss. However, with the prevailing government’s involvement at that time, the Jaffna library was restored, and it is now open for the public from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm. However, it is closed every Monday. Thus if you visit here make sure you avoid the days it is closed. You could see the library’s ancient architecture, which is also unique, and the immense sea of knowledge stacked up in this library’s racks. Thus, Jaffna Library is ideally a knowledge quenching national property for Sri Lankan people.

8. Jaffna Clock Tower

Another significant landmark of Jaffna is the Jaffna’s clock tower. It is a monument built-in 1875 in memory of Prince Albert Edward’s ( Prince of Wales) visit. The history reveal that the funds raised for the building of the clock tower by the left-over funds collected to buy a souvenir for the Prince at his visit to Sri Lanka.

The Jaffna clock tower underwent destruction during the civil war in the North of Sri Lanka. However, its restoration took place with the funds received again from the British government following Prince Charles’s visit in 1998. From then, the ancient clock tower still stands high in the beautiful city of Jaffna.

9. The Famous Market in Jaffna in Sri Lanka

Among the number of other unique places to visit in this beautiful city of Jaffna in the North of Sri Lanka, the Jaffna Market is another unique place you should pay a visit. It is located at the heart of Jaffna city. Jaffna market is one of the widely-spread markets in Sri Lanka. It continues to be an attractive place for local and foreign tourists for years. Any person who visits Jaffna would love to see what is in store at this marketplace.

You find the sellers selling a wide variety of goods at affordable prices. You can buy fruits like mangoes and local grapes, veggies, dry fish, chilies, different kinds of Sri Lanka snacks, clothes, and so many other stuff for retail price or in bulk here. And yes, do not miss to taste the local mango variety –Karaththakolomban at the Jaffna Market, which is super delicious! 

It is a fantastic experience to roam around and quest to sell in this vibrant and colorful marketplace, enjoying the people’s genuine local smiles in Jaffna. It is always an excellent opportunity to get to this market to explore the local lifestyle and the Jaffna people’s behavior. The market reflects that Jaffna is not much influenced by the western culture like other Sri Lankan towns, mainly in the Western province. 

The only issue is the locals at the Jaffna market hardly know to speak English. Thus, it Is always advisable to carry a dictionary or else to talk in a way they understand, using signs.

Clothes in Jaffna Market

Meanwhile, the clothes sold here at the Jaffna Market are vibrant and glittery that ideally match the culture of people living here. There are small stalls up to huge shops of clothes where you can find something to wear while your trip to Jaffna is fantastic.  

Palmyrah Products from Jaffna

Another unique product range that is available on this market is the Palmyrah products. They sell different food made out of Palmyra trees, such as Palmyrah milk, jaggery, liquor, and many more. You can taste those original products and buy them exclusively in Jaffna. Some stalls sell products made of Palmyra leaves such as baskets, waste bins, wallets, and other ornaments, which are so attractive and unbelievably at a very reasonable price. There is a stall under the Palmyrah Development board as well. The shop looks a little small, but what you can find inside is just fantastic!

10. Nilavarai Bottomless Well in Jaffna 

Nilavarai Bottomless well is a rectangular-shaped well located at Puttur-Jaffna, which is 25X40 feet on the surface. The uniqueness of this well is, it is one of the deepest wells in Sri Lanka. Nilavarai well is popular in Sri Lanka as the bottomless well as well due to the fact that it is profoundly deep. However, past explorations reveal that this well is around 145-170 feet deep, which is more than three times deeper than standard wells in Sri Lanka. 

The water source of the Nilavarai well has a link to the Freshwater pool at Keeramalai, which is around 10 km away from here. Furthermore, the water level of this unique well changes according to the variations in the sea’s tides, which is another reason why it is most probably has a connection to the sea.

A remarkable exploration has been carried out in the olden days to prove these facts by taking samples of water at different depths such as 45 feet, 95 feet, and 145 feet consecutively. They tested the samples in England. Subsequently, the chemical analysis revealed a blend of saltwater in the well at around 40-50 feet depth. A further test was carried out by the Sri Lankan army many years ago using an artificial robot sent in the well. Those results revealed a considerable garbage collection at the bottom of the well, which belongs to many generations since the past, and some tunnels to different directions at the bottom.

Further, this well’s water had never dried up for many long years, even during heavy droughts in the North of Sri Lanka. Further, Nilavarai is an area rich in crops and cultivation. Thus, the well water of the bottomless well has been of immense use for the farmers here for years, especially during the dry season.

Current Status of the Well

Although there is a person at the entrance to the premises to explain the findings and history about this famous well, it is visible that there is no maintenance for the well. The premises are often with weeds and dried leaves, and even the water looks blackish or dark greenish. It is unfortunate to mention that there is no sign of maintenance at all.  

11. Dambakolapatuna- A Historical Place in Jaffna in Sri Lanka

Dambakolapatuna is an ancient port in the North of Sri Lanka. It is also famous as ‘Jambukolapattana’ in the olden days. This port is located around 21 km from the city center of Jaffna. 

The importance of this place is historical. After Sri Lanka received Buddhism with Mahinda Thero’s interference during King Devanampiyatissa’s reign, Thero’s sister ‘Sangamitta Theri’ visited Sri Lanka. That was a year after the visit of Mahinda Thero, and it was to Dambakolapatuna or Jambukolapattana. She arrived here with a plant of Bo (peepal tree). It was a branch of the original Bo tree that shaded Lord Buddha while enlightening. It is a sapling of this Bo plant that was planted at Anuradhapuraya, which is subjected to the respect of millions of people today as ‘Sri Maha Bodi.’ 

There has been a temple at this port in the memory of this most important historical event. However, unfortunately, at present, there is no trace of the original temple. Instead, there is a new dagoba and a temple constructed very recently by Sri Lanka’s forces.

However, it is a beautiful feeling you get at this place of tranquility, imagining the story of Sangamitta Theri’s arrival with the Bo plant. This sacred Bo tree is now worshipped with great respect by the people around the world.

12. St. Mary’s Cathedral

St. Mary’s cathedral is located about 1.4 km away from the city of Jaffna. It is a Roman Catholic church and is also famous as the ‘Periye Kovil’ by the Jaffna people. The Roman Catholics in Jaffna and suburbs gather this place for daily mass with great respect.

This cathedral’s history runs as far as the 16th century when King Cankili reigned in Jaffna. History reveals that King Cankili had a son, and when the Portuguese came into Sri Lankan, the King’s son converted to Catholicism as he wished. But the King was not happy about the son’s decision. Thus, he had killed the son at this place. The Prince’s ashes were buried here, and later a church was built at the burial site, the St. Mary’s cathedral. It was in 1789.

It is a church with unique architecture.  

13. Casuarina Beach

Casuarina beach is also called Casoorina beach too, and it is located at Karainagar. It is about 20 km away from the Jaffna city center. 

Thousands of tourists attract to this beautiful sandy beach daily because Casuarina beach is the only beach with white sand in Jaffna. The reason for its name is, there are many casuarina or female oak trees around the coast of the beach.

People come here to have a nice bath and to refresh their selves while exploring and visiting Jaffna’s unique places. There are also cloth changing facilities and shower facilities available at the beach for a small charge. 

As the North of Sri Lanka is usually a little hot, the Casuarina beach’s climate is also heaty. 

14. Rio Ice Cream Parlour

Are you tired of journeying around in Jaffna? Here’s the answer! The best answer! It is the most famous Rio ice cream parlor located at the station road in Jaffna.

In fact, Rio ice cream is a brand that has a history older than four decades. Thus, it is indeed a good place to visit, especially with kids, for quality and delicious ice creams. There is a wide variety of flavors and many types of ice cream to choose from. The portions of the ice-creams and the food presentation are commendable here and worth the money spent. Rio ice-cream is of good quality and sold at a reasonable price too. The ice cream stall has space to sit and enjoy the ice-cream with your loved ones.

The 30 Year Civil War in Jaffna and its Effects 

Sri Lanka has been a country that underwent a civil war for about thirty long years. That was from 1983 to 2009. The battle was between the Sri Lankan government and the terrorist group LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam). North of Sri Lanka was the most affected by this war as it was the terrorist group LTTE’s hub.

The social life, family lives, properties, economy, and education of millions of adults, youth, and children of the North were affected by the civil war. Those people belonged to both Sinhala and Tamil ethnicities. If you had visited Jaffna just after 2009, you would have noticed severely damaged buildings and other properties, homeless people, and thousands of civilians in rehabilitation camps. It has been a sight of horror to see the broken and war-beaten buildings! 

Post-War Condition in Jaffna

However, in 2009, under the guidance of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, the government could defend LTTE. That was with the assassination of the leader of the terrorist group Velupillai Prabakaran. Owing to this victory, the people in Sri Lanka, especially the people who lived in the North, could breathe again in freedom.

Very soon after the war, the government started reconstructing the lives and the properties of the affected people. That was with the full dedication of the Sri Lanka Army and other forces. Accordingly, the doors in Jaffna and other beautiful cities in North of Sri Lanka, which has been closed for thirty long years, opened again for local and foreign tourism. The economy and the social life of the people in Jaffna turned up positively.   

War Reated Monuments

Even today, when you visit Jaffna, there are few places you can see as shadows of the war, which brings back the memory of the civil war in Sri Lanka. In fact, there are remarkable monuments you could visit in several places in Jaffna. One is at the elephant pass located at Jaffna’s gateway. Elephant pass has been a regular battlefield during the civil war.

Besides, you find another monument at the A9 road of elephant pass to memorize a special war hero called Hasalaka Gamini of the Sri Lanka Army, who sacrificed his life in 1991 when the battle was at a climax by blocking the way and avoiding a war tank full of bombs. It was the terrorists who sent this war tank towards the army camp. His heroism saved the lives of many of his fellow soldiers in the army. Thus, the war tank destroyed as a result of the heroic act of Hasalaka Gamini is kept under preservation today. It is at the special monument of Elephant pass which is the very place of destruction. It is really a must-see during your journey in Jaffna.

Places to Stay in Jaffna – Sri Lanka

Jaffna has all kinds of accommodation facilities. There are five-star hotels such as Jetwing Jaffna and even rest houses. But If you are traveling as a group, you can pre-arrange a lodge in Jaffna. The group can use the whole house during the stay. They are very economical. Most of those houses are with facilities like air conditioning and attached bathrooms. The meals will be provided according to your choice at such places. 

Food in Jaffna – Sri Lanka

The food in Jaffna is something to enjoy. There are restaurants of different start levels in the area with various kinds of food. However, in the North of Sri Lanka, they make traditional food and short eats such as Dosey, wadey, Idly, and poori. In many of the restaurants mentioned above, you can order conventional food, delicious and must-try varieties.

Moreover, there are open restaurants run by the Department of Agriculture in almost all the popular cities. The name of those food stalls is ‘Hela Bojun Hal,’ which means the stalls that sell Sri Lankan traditional food. The specialty here is there are several stalls under one roof. You can freely roam around and select your choice of conventional food at a very fair price. Further, this food is prepared and sold by women entrepreneurs of the area, thus having a home-made quality and taste. You can quickly identify those open stalls with female food vendors in green aprons and caps. 

Conclusion | Jaffna in Sri Lanka

So, if you plan to backpack in Sri Lanka- the fantastic holiday Island in the ocean of India, never miss visiting Jaffna, a city of beauty, marvel, and historicity. So, why not? Come, enjoy the tropical sunshine in the charming city of Jafnna, fill up your tastebuds with the authentic deliciousness of Asian food, and explore the Northern splendor of Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean!