CITY OF JAFFNA – SRI LANKA

Jaffna District, the northernmost region of the Island of Sri Lanka, and it is a cultural town of the Tamil people of Sri Lanka. It is one of the oldest territory sites in Lower South Asia, populated by Tamil speaking people. It is in close proximity to the sub-continent of India and separated from it by the Palk Strait and the Bay of Bengal.


Places to visit in Jaffna

 Temples in Jaffna

Nallur Temple

The Nallur kovil is about 1 Km from Jaffna town. Nallur Kandasamy Kovil is Jaffna’s premier place of Hindu worship. It has golden arch and it is  elaborated by  gopuram attracts hundreds of worshippers and  pilgrims. The beautiful and ceremonious temple which is valuable  a look. When enter the temple, men will need to remove their shirts and all people must be barefoot to walk the temple grounds.

Nagadipa Purana Viharaya

Nagadeepa temple in Jaffna is one of the three places where Lord Buddha has visited in Sri Lanka and it is an important end for Buddhist worshipers. The ancient vihara were built by the two kinds of Naga, Mahodara and his brother Chulodara. The valuable throne which was offered to the Buddha, later it was returned by him to the Kings of Naga and after the throne was enshrined in stupa and constructed the temple of Nagadeepa.

Selva Sannithi Temple

Selva Sannithi Temple is located in Thondaimannaru in the division of Vadamaradchy in the district of Jaffna. Selva Sannithi Kovil to be Jaffna’s most compatible environment for sadhana. This temple of Selva Sannthi at Thondaimannaru is about 20 miles north of Jaffna Town.

Nagapoosani Temple 

The temple of Nainativu Nagapoosani is an historic and ancient Hindu temple, it was located 36 km from the ancient capital city of Jaffna, Nallur, in Sri Lanka. It is donated to the Parvati who is known as Nagapooshani and her consort.

Kandarodei-Kadurugoda  Temple

Kandarodei is an ancient Buddhist place and it is located in the midst of Palmyra trees near to Chunnakam and it is 8 km away from Jaffna Town and there are small pagodas are situated in the Kandarodei temple land, those pagodas are seen as ash-colored, some pagodas have only the foundation. A Bodhisaththva statue, Buddha statue, a stone scripture and some coins believed to be in the 1st and 2nd centuries were found in this area. They are preserved at Jaffna museum.

Keerimalai-Naguleeswaram Temple

Naguleeswaram is a Hindu Temple, is situated near to the Keerimali pond and is very popular among Hindu’s.Keerimalai is famed for its natural water spring where sicknesses and illnesses are cured miraculously after bathing in it. The nearest place is Kankeesanthurai and located northern tip of the Jaffna peninsula around 15 Km away from Jaffna Town.

Dambakola Patuna

Dambakola Patuna is an ancient temple in Sri Lanka where Sangamiththa theraniya landed while bringing the Bo saplings used at Sri Maha Bodiya and it is situated around 20 Km from Jaffna Town. A statue of Sangamiththa theraniya is constructed in this temple. The Tamil name of this place called Mathagal.

Sangilean Thoopu

The Sangilean Thoopu is located about 2.7 Km from Jaffna bus stand. Last king of the kingdom of the people in the northern part of the country was Sankiliyan during the existence of Nallur Rajadhani.  But with the arrival of the Portuguese rule in Sri Lanka the fall of the kingdom was expected. This arch is found in the land where the earlier Tamil King Sangiliyan’s Palace stood. Now there is an entrance-arch, but this is said to be part of a later Dutch building.

Jaffna Library

The Library of Jaffna was one of the best in Asia before being burned down by some Sinhala radicals. Now It is open for public viewing and most of it is restored, it is one of the epic buildings in Jaffna and it  was very closed to the town

Jaffna Fort

Jaffna ancient fort is the second largest existing fort in the Island and it was located on the south side of the Jaffna peninsula at the water’s edge of the lagoon. In 1619 the Jaffna fort was built by the Portuguese and re-built and expanded by the Dutch during the second half of the 17th and the 18th centuries to facilitate trading activities of Sri Lanka’s northern region indicate not only of Jaffna’s strategic importance to Europeans but its significance throughout Sri Lanka’s history.

Clock Tower

The spindly Clock Tower has a Moorish domed top, an architectural interest   which makes it look like it belongs somewhere in North Africa. It was straight in 1875 to honors a visit by the Prince of Wales.

 Charty Beach

Charty Beach is located some 23 Km North of Jaffna Town and it is clean status beach,  located in Allaippiddy

Casuarina beach

The shallow waters and the very calm waves making it an ideal for safe sea bathing and this is a One of the best beaches in the Jaffna peninsula. You can see blue water in the sea beaches and a great place to visit to have a break during the travels and many  homes for rent to  stay in this area, and it is around 15 Km away from theTown.

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