A SoloGuide to the Northern City
If you are a solo traveller journeying across the northern region of the paradise island, stopover in the heritage city of Jaffna and discover a unique twist of culture and history. Complete with historical monuments from the Jaffna Kingdom and the colonial era, as well as delicious food and lovely people, Jaffna has much to offer visitors.
Culture & Faith
Jaffna has an eclectic mix of cultural sites that distinguish the northern city from the island’s southern counterparts. Stemming from the faiths of Buddhism and Hinduism, many places of worship such as the Nagapushani Amman Kovil, Nagadipa Purana Viharaya and the fascinating Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil showcase a rich tradition of sacred rituals and festivals that venerate divine beings.
The diverse landscape of mainland Jaffna is steeped in history and culture, however, make sure you don’t miss the neighbouring islands, such as Nagadipa, Delft and Velanai. Displaying stunning views of the Indian Ocean and historically significant sites, all complemented by typical village culture, these islands provide a different take on life in the northern peninsula.
Colonial Era Remnants
Remnants of colonial occupation are scattered throughout the city of Jaffna. The Jaffna Fort and Fort Hammenhiel are exemplary pieces of colonial architecture that convey the strategic importance of the city during the colonial era. In addition to the forts, preserved churches and administration buildings within the city can be visited when you are exploring the city.
Tickle Your Taste Buds
Your trip to Jaffna is complete only once you have tasted the delectable cuisine of the region. Head over to renowned, but simple eateries, like the Green Grass Restaurant and Cosy Restaurant and sample some of the best Jaffna crab and prawn curries. Take time to visit the Jaffna Market, which has a variety of unique snacks, sweets and fruits. Finally cool off with some delicious ice cream at the popular Rio Ice Cream parlour.
❂ Useful Tips:
- Tuk tuks are the most convenient way to get around the city.
- There are taxi services that can help you with bookings, or you can even hail a tuk-tuk from the street.
- You may find that the locals are mostly non-English speaking. So, it would be advisable to carry a dictionary/translator.