|Traveling to Jaffna from Colombo by road takes a minimum of 8-9 hours. This includes the time that you spend at the road blocks. This A-9 road is now open to the public.
Palmyrah trees (Borassus Flabellifer)are grown here and stand against the dry climate producing their characteristic purple skinned fruits. All parts of this tree are used by man, much as the coconut tree is in other parts of the island.,. The Palmyrah tree symbolizes the north.
Jaffna town offers many facilities, including IDD phone and Internet facilities. There is an Information Technology Park which includes an IT training centre for children and IT Library. There are many private dispensaries and the Base Hospital in Jaffna town. Many guest houses, restaurants and hotels could be found Many of the guest houses are now closed and few are still opened, which are listed under accommodation.
Out of six islands Kayts, Mandativu and Punkuduthivu are joined to each other and with the peninsula by long causeways. Hammenheil fort is between Kayts and Karaitivu islands. Boat services are available from Punkudutivu to Nainativu and Delft.Karaitivu island is joined to the main island by a causeway. Karainagar town is here and the popular beach Casuarina is in the north.
Jaffna Archaeological Museum
Finding of excavations at Kantharodai,Buddha Statues, stone artefacts and ivory objects can be seen here. You can reach the museum by Nallur Kovil road.
Jaffna Public Library
The library was built in several stages from 1933,as a private collection and with the help of primarily local citizens, it became a full fledged library. The Library also became a repository of archival material written in palm leaf manuscripts, original copies of regionally important historic documents, political history of Sri Lanka and Newspapers that were published in the Jaffna peninsula. It became a place of historic and symbolic importance to the local people and researchers from India and other countries too used it for research purposes. The library is now reconstructed and in operation after it was burnt and destroyed by some extremists in 1981.
Better known to Buddhists as Nagadipa, the island has a Buddhist temple known as Nagadipa Raja Maha Viharaya, which is visited by Buddhist devotees from all over the island. Tradition has it that the Buddha visited this spot to settle a dispute between the two Naga Kings Mahodara and Chulodara over a gem – set throne.
Naga pooshani Ambal temple is visited by the followers of Goddess Ambal Devi,who worship here seeking blessings. Many parents bring their new – born babies here for blessings.
The distance from Jaffna town to Nagadipa is about 30Kms,so that you need to have at least half-a day to visit it. The boat service from the ferry is operated by private owners while the Sri Lanka Navy takes care of the Safety of visitors. The charge for single visit is Rs.20-30 per head.
Nallur Kandasamy Kovil
The premier place of Hindu worship in Jaffna, this Kovil is characterized by a golden arch and elaborate gopuram. The original temple said to have been built by the King Buwanekabahu was destroyed by the Portuguese and the present building of the Kovil dates back to the 18th century.
The most important festival in the Jaffna peninsula is held here. The representation of the deity which is kept in the temple is brought out and placed on a chariot and thus is conducted the annual procession along the roads around the kovil.the procession ends on the full moon day in the month of August and begins 26 days before this full moon day.
It is said that this church had been built on the original location of Nallur Kovil by the Portuguese and in 1827 it had been erected by the British. It Now belongs to the Church of England.
Renowned for its freshwater spring, the place also offers some beautifull corals on the seashore. Nearby in the vicinity lies the Naguleshvaram Kovil with an old gopuram decorated with some very unusual themes. People believe that the spring water contains healing power.
The site of a large square well of unknown depth said by tradition to have been formed from an arrow shot by Hanuman to satisfy the thirst of Rama. This beautiful natural well has a never ending fresh water supply. This well is said to be bottomless and with salt water in its depths attesting to its connection to the sea. you can reach here from Chunnakkam.
The Dutch Fort covers an area of 22 hectares and is surrounded by a moat. The date 28.09.1792 which is on the gate is that of the completion of the Fort and after 3 years in 1795. it was captured by the British without a single shot being fired. The recent war has damaged the fort after about 200 years.This was the best preserved Fort in the country and there was a Dutch Church inside
Kantarodai – Purana Raja Maha Viharaya
Near Chunnakkam there are 60 min dagobas in different sizes varying up to about 4 m. These dagobas are made out of coral.Buddhists visit here to see these ruins
The most northerly point of Sri Lanka. The lighthouse marks this point. from here to the Southern point Dondra it is 435 Km.