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North Coast

The North Coast lies mostly within the Jaffna Peninsula which is a dry and flat part of the island. Having experienced the worst of the conflict in the North, Jaffna has seen very little development over the last 30 years or so. Despite this, it has remained the seat of Hinduism in the country mostly due to its proximity to South India just across the Palk Strait. Jaffna displays a strange mix of both colonial and South Indian architecture and is a wonderful experience for those interested in exploring the fusion of cultures.The places to visit at the North Coast are;

  •     Dutch Fort in Jaffna
  •     The historic Nallur Kandasamy Kovil
  •     Buddhist Vihara at Nagadeepa (Nainativu Island)
  •     Portuguese and Dutch churches
  •     Keeramalai bathing pond

Major attractions of the North Coast area are;

  • Jaffna Fort
    The Fort in Jaffna was originally built by the Portuguese colonists and this was their last stronghold when the Dutch overran Colombo. The Dutch captured Jaffna from the Portuguese in 1658 after a three month siege and further fortified the existing fort. The Dutch Church inside the Fort was built in 1706. Another fort was built on the Kayts Island located just off the coast of Jaffna by the Dutch and called Fort Hammenhiel and lies at the entrance to the Kayts Harbour. It remains in good condition but is a garrison of the Sri Lanka Navy.
  • Kovils
    Jaffna is full of Hindu Kovils and the Nallur Kandasamy Kovil and Vallipuram Kovil at Point Pedro are two of the biggest Kovils in the region and hold colourful festivals every year.
  • Temple at Nagadeepa
    The Buddhist Vihara at Nagadeepa (Nainativu Island) is a place sanctified by the visit of the Buddha and the dagoba is said to date back to ancient times. The large numbers of dagobas at the Kantharodai site are dated from between the 2nd and 10th Centuries.
  • Dutch & Portuguese Churches
    The Dutch and Portuguese were prolific church builders in their attempt to spread Christianity in their colonies. A number of ruined Portuguese Churches can be found at Myliddi and Chankanai and a ruined Dutch Church at Atchuveli.
  • Keeramalai Bathing Pond
    At Keeramalai is a freshwater bathing pond on the beach which is said to possess therapeutic properties.
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