Jaffna, North Sri Lanka

With a week free on the beautiful island of Sri Lanka I decided to catch a train north, to the lesser explored region of Jaffna. This was off limits to travellers during the civil war years, and only in the last 5 years has started attracting visitors. Many of the travellers I encountered on Sri Lanka only had a couple of weeks on the island, so fitting the long journey north onto their itineraries didn’t make sense, alongside the myriad of other attractions Sri Lanka has to offer. Colombo – Sigiriya – Dambulla – Kandy – Ella – South Coast – Galle – Negombo (Colombo) is a typical itinerary for a 2/3 week trip, and is what we did before I carried on solo.

I was glad I made the long train journey north to Jaffna though, it offered a quieter, lesser known side to the country, being mainly Hindu in religion, and Tamil in culture, it is unique to the south of Sri Lanka. I hired a bike as soon as I arrived in town, and spent 5 days exploring both the city of Jaffna, and the outlying islands which can be visited by causeway or ferry.

Hindu Temple, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Hindu Temple, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Man praying at Hindu Temple, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Man praying at Hindu Temple, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Portrait of man, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Portrait of man, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Facade of hardware shop, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Facade of hardware shop, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Cow outside shop, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Cow outside shop, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Cow standing outside shop, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Cow standing outside shop, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Cow standing outside shop, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Cow standing outside shop, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil Hindu Temple, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil Hindu Temple, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Portrait of priest Chandrakumar at Veeramakali Amman Kovil Temple, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Portrait of priest Chandrakumar at Veeramakali Amman Kovil Temple, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Veeramakali Amman Kovil Temple, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Veeramakali Amman Kovil Temple, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Point Pedro, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Point Pedro, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Point Pedro, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Point Pedro, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Keerimalai Sacred Water Spring, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Keerimalai Sacred Water Spring, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Casuarina Beach, Karainagar, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Casuarina Beach, Karainagar, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Portrait of Fisherman, Casuarina Beach, Karainagar, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Portrait of Fisherman, Casuarina Beach, Karainagar, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Portrait of Fisherman, Casuarina Beach, Karainagar, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Portrait of Fisherman, Casuarina Beach, Karainagar, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Sunset, Karainagar, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Sunset, Karainagar, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Wild Horses, Delft Island, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Wild Horses, Delft Island, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Beach, Delft Island, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Beach, Delft Island, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Ruins of Dutch Hospital, Delft Island, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Ruins of Dutch Hospital, Delft Island, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Portrait of two boys, Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman Kovil Temple, Nainativu , Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Portrait of two boys, Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman Kovil Temple, Nainativu , Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman Kovil Temple, Nainativu , Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman Kovil Temple, Nainativu , Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman Kovil Temple, Nainativu , Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman Kovil Temple, Nainativu , Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Kadurugoda Viharaya Buddhist Temple, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Kadurugoda Viharaya Buddhist Temple, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Vegetables on display in Jaffna Market, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Vegetables on display in Jaffna Market, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Vegetables on display in Jaffna Market, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Vegetables on display in Jaffna Market, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Banana Stall, Jaffna Market, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Banana Stall, Jaffna Market, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Portrait of Tailor, Jaffna Market, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Portrait of Tailor, Jaffna Market, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Portrait of Marjanad a Tailor working in Jaffna Market, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Portrait of Marjanad a Tailor working in Jaffna Market, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Vegetables on display in Jaffna Market, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Vegetables on display in Jaffna Market, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Cab of truck, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Cab of truck, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Vegetables on display in Jaffna Market, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Jaffna Market, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Vegetarian Thali dish, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Vegetarian Thali dish, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil Hindu Temple, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil Hindu Temple, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil Hindu Temple, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil Hindu Temple, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Front of Bus, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Front of Bus, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Boys playing cricket, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Boys playing cricket, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Boys playing cricket, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Boys playing cricket, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Jaffna Harbour at sunset, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Jaffna Harbour at sunset, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Jaffna Harbour at sunset, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Jaffna Harbour at sunset, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Jaffna Harbour at sunset, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Jaffna Harbour at sunset, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Sangilijan Kingdom, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Sangilijan Kingdom, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Vintage Bus, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Vintage Bus, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Canoes moored by shore, Island of Kayts, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Canoes moored by shore, Island of Kayts, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Velanai Ayyanaar Kovil Hindu Temple, Island of Kayts, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Velanai Ayyanaar Kovil Hindu Temple, Island of Kayts, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Colourful Truck, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Colourful Truck, Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

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