History & Culture Endure Forever


Jaffna offers unique cultural, religious, historical and culinary experiences that should not be missed!

Located on the northernmost end of Sri Lanka, Jaffna is a city shrouded in folklore dating back to ancient times. The city was also a significant location for the European nations that colonized Sri Lanka for over 400 years. Its more recent history is one of endurance in the face of severe hardship, as the city was a battlefield during the country’s 30-year ethnic conflict.
Today, the city of Jaffna is developing rapidly and welcomes visitors to experience its unique cultural sites, delicious cuisine and warm hospitality.

❂ Don’t Miss

  • Culture & History Unique to the Region
  • Stunning Kovils (Hindu Temples)
  • Delightful Jaffna Cuisine

Useful Tips

  • Take the train from Colombo Fort to Jaffna.
  • Travel around the city in tuk tuks, which are easily accessible.
  • April is usually the hottest month in the region.

Tales Of Jaffna

Jaffna’s kingdom was established in the 13th century AD by Kalinga Maga. It survived until the Portuguese arrived in the city in the 17th century. The colonizers influenced life in the city, but the spirit of the people of Jaffna stayed intact.

Key Attractions And Things To Do

Dating back thousands of years, or just a few hundred, Jaffna has many fascinating religious and cultural places to visit.

Plan Your Holiday in Jaffna

The northern city of Jaffna is a great place to visit during holiday in Sri Lanka, whether you are travelling alone, with your family or with your significant other.

Best Experiences In Jaffna

The city of Jaffna is considerably different to other cities in the country, and this is reflected in the experiences you can have here as well. Partly due to the changing landscapes and partly due to its unique culture and society, Jaffna gives you a different take on the paradise island.

Hotels In Jaffna

Jaffna is a wonderful place to explore while you are in Sri Lanka. The developing city has many accommodation options to choose from.