The Portuguese called it Ilha das Vacas, the Dutch called it Delft, and the locals call it Neduntivu. Located in the Palk Strait, southwest of Jaffna, Delft is a relatively undiscovered tourist…
If you're looking for a clean, charming and authentic meal in Jaffna, we highly recommend the vegetarian Malayalan Cafe.
Anawasal is an idyllic resort tucked away somewhere by the lagoons of Kalpitiya. They've got a collection of cabanas, an extremely chilled out atmosphere and are pet-friendly. We loved the place!
Fits' Margosa in Chunnakam, Jaffna is an elegant refurbished 19th Century mansion about 9km away from the main town, and possibly one of the only upscale hotels at the very North.
The early 17th Century Jaffna Fort was built by the Portuguese, expanded by the Dutch, and destroyed by human aggression. Visit the ruins - a testament to architectural prowess and sheer brutality.
The Palmyrah House is one of the few proper hotels in Mannar. The management has embraced the island's flora and fauna, creating an eco-friendly boutique hotel that offers a memorable experience.
The original Rio Ice Cream parlour is old and sweet- it's persisted through decades of war and strife as an integral part of the local community. It's worth a diabetic shock or two to experience that.
Adam's Bridge, which separates the Gulf of Mannar from the Palk Strait, is a string of sand islands, that once connected Talaimannar to Rameswaram Island in India.
A pure vegetarian North & South Indian restaurant, cafe and bakery, Mangos is one of those famous Jaffna joints that warrants a visit and a mention.
Hotel Rolex and its misleading name are an experience not to be missed whilst in Jaffna. Hot, juicy biriyanis and sugary juices. This is legit Northern saivar kade territory.
A hotel and restaurant, Cosy's dishes up Sri Lankan, Indian, and Chinese cuisine. We'd recommend sticking to the Jaffna specials. Obviously.
One of the better eateries in Jaffna, with a wide variety of Northern Sri Lankan food
Amaage is probably the largest restaurant in the area. They do decent kottu.
Solid ol' Saiva Kade in Jtown.
Lingan Cream House is the arch-enemy of Jaffna's ever so popular ice cream parlor - Rio.
There are several small scale fish markets scattered across Jaffna, and the one in Pannai is always a hub of activity.
Casuarina Beach is the go-to beach for Jaffna locals. Don't expect a bikinis-and-beers sort of scene.
You'll be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the breads, biscuits and baked goods at this Jaffna bakery and cafe.