The Jaffna Peninsula – North of Sri Lanka

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Entrance of the Nallur Temple, Jaffna Town

Entrance of the Nallur Temple, Jaffna Town

The Jaffna peninsula is located at the extreme North of Sri Lanka  and almost touches the Indian subcontinent. You can get there by road, train or internal flight. Regardless of your place of origin, culture shock will always be big once you arrive in Jaffna. The population is predominantly Tamil (about 99 % of the population in Jaffna district) and Hindu (about 82% of the population in Jaffna district against 12% in the whole of Sri Lanka). Consequently, you will find mostly Hindu temples over Buddhist temples, and hear the Tamil language as you stroll through the streets.

The Nallur temple is a stunning building and a must-see during a visit in the peninsula. It is a central place of worship for the Hindu community, and a central venue during the processions of the Nallur festival, a Hindu festival that takes place for a month during summer every year.

Jaffna Fort Entrance, Jaffna Town

Jaffna Fort Entrance, Jaffna Town

In the heart of Jaffna town, you will also discover the Jaffna fort, a fort built by the Dutch in the 17th century and partially destroyed in the 90′s during clashes. It is currently restored and you can see many ruins inside, as well as few cows grazing grass!

Beautiful Coast of Nainativu Island, Jaffna Peninsula

Beautiful Coast of Nainativu Island, Jaffna Peninsula

Finally, explore the Nainativu Island where you can admire the Nagadipa Buddhist Temple and the Naga Pooshani Hindu temple. Discover a wild coast by staying away from the beaten track.

The Jaffna Peninsula is an unexplored gem: go on an adventure!

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