Arrival in Jaffna
You’ll most likely arrive in Jaffna sometime after lunch. After freshening up at your hotel you’ll visit Jaffna fort for a wander along the ramparts and through the ruins. Your next stop is Nallur Kandasamy Kovil, the most important Hindu temple in the Jaffna region. On a sunny day the gold exterior glistens magically in the sunlight. You’ll stay in a modern hotel with swimming pool within walking distance from Jaffna centre.
Today there’s plenty more sight-seeing to be done. After a stop at Point Pedro, the most northerly point in the country, you visit the ancient port of Dambakola Patuna, which now houses a gleaming white Buddhist stupa. After lunch you’ll make a stop at Kadurugoda Temple, but perhaps the most interesting part of the day will be as you take a visit to a local home. Here you’ll witness the production of palmyrah palms.
This plant is incredibly important to the people in the north as it’s used for all sorts of typically Sri Lankan products such as carpets, mats, juices and even flour. If you have jaggery in your tea during your stay in Jaffna, it’s most likely come from one of these cottage industries. Next, you’ll return to the city where you’ll visit Jaffna market with your guide. If you’re here in May or August, you simply must buy some of the Jaffna mangos! They’re incredibly juicy and delicious!
Departure from Jaffna
After breakfast you’ll head to St Mary’s Cathedral. This Catholic cathedral has an impressive interior and was built by the Portuguese in 1794. Many Sri Lankans are descendants of these early settlers and you might notice that the surname Fernando is surprisingly common. After your visit you’ll hop back into your private car and journey onwards to your next destination.
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