Sri Lanka’s civil war engulfed the far north of the island for 26 years, and had a greater impact there than anywhere else. But over the past decade the area has evolved rapidly, putting the conflict firmly behind it and developing some great new experiences for visitors. Travellers in search of something different will relish the chance to explore this predominantly Tamil, Hindu region. In addition to many spectacular temples, it offers some wonderful boat trips and cruises, taking in the islands of shallow, coral-edged Palk Bay and Jaffna Lagoon.
The region’s hub is Jaffna city itself, which is worth a visit to see its grand, but now dilapidated, colonial buildings and great Hindu shrine.
Weather in Jaffna and the North Coast
Feb-March and June–August are the driest periods on the Jaffna peninsula.