Located in the north of Sri Lanka, nestled on a peninsula of the same name, Jaffna is an enticing mix of colonial charm and vibrant Tamil culture. We recommend spending up to three nights here, and don’t miss the star shaped Jaffna Fort and the temple district, two of our favourite attractions.

A lot of travellers are looking to add the north, and in particular, Jaffna to their explorations of Sri Lanka. This small and low-rise city is a must for those looking for a different side of Sri Lanka as not only will you find sprawling suburbs, but also a bustling commercial centre and a vast temple district. What makes Jaffna unique is that you can still see the thought-provoking remnants and effects of the island’s troubled past. However these are set to slowly vanish as time and tourism catches up, so if you want a real insight into a different side of Sri Lanka, now is the time to visit.  At present we feature the Jaffna Heritage, a simple but adequate hotel and you can also visit Jaffna on our Definitive Sri Lanka tour, or with your own private driver guide.

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