The north of Sri Lanka, ending up in the Jaffna Peninsula, is the
country's Tamil heartland has been in news for the wrong reasons, for it
is the focus of the horrific civil war of the 1980s and 1990s. The LTTE
was driven out of its strongholds in Jaffna and other towns and villages
in government offensives from 1995 onward, but remained a force to be
reckoned with, and travel throughout the north is presumed unsafe.In
contrast to the rich tourism pickings of south and central Sri Lanka,
Jaffna and the north and east have relatively little to offer the
Places of Interest
If tourism in the region is restored, a sight worth seeing is the
Jaffna Fort. Built by the Dutch to command the lagoon,it is a typical
star fort of the late 18th century covering an area of more than 49
Named after the Dutch town, it is an island, 35km from Jaftna, with a
small Dutch fort.
Mannar Island, linked to the mainland by a 3km causeway, is the
westernmost point of Sri Lanka, and is at one end of 'Adam's Bridge',
the line of rocks, shoals and islands dotted between India and Sri
Lanka. Earlier, when times were happy, a ferry connected Sri Lanka to
No domestic flights.
Trains connect the city with the major tourist towns.
An extensive network of bus services is facilitated by the
Sri Lanka Central Transport Board. Besides, tourists can hire cars from
the local travel and tour agents.