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Jaffna is probably Sri Lanka's most historical city located at the northern tip on the country and the city from time to time had been passed under the rule of various kingdoms, governments and the armies.

Unlike the country’s southern parts which are more influenced and in a way controlled by the Buddhist and the Sinhalese, the northern realms including Jaffna have a strong influence of the Tamil and the Hindu cultures. Historically, it was the centre of the LTTE power struggle to capture the city in 1995 which resulted in the devastating Battle of Jaffna.

The city has been through a lot, but still today it flourishes as one of the industrial cities of the country of Sri Lanka. The town of Jaffna’s main revenues are from tourism and the port business. The city, due to being under the rule of various kingdoms and governments has several monuments for its visitors, each reciting a different yet alluring tale.

Some of its monuments include the Jaffna Fort, the Jaffna public library, Jaffna Palace ruins, the Nallur Kandaswamy temple and much more.

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The city is known for its alluring art and handicrafts items. These are some of the things that one must buy as they act as the perfect souvenirs reminding of one’s beautiful time in the city. The inspiration for the art comes from the years of different rulers of the town and the transition that the city has gone through. The handicrafts items made by the local artisans express their talent, skills and the country’s culture.

History of Jaffna

The city of Jaffna has been a witness to various changes and developments brought in by many of its rulers. Since the beginning being a Tami and a Hindu dominated city, but this union had been tried to break off by various rulers such as the Portuguese, British and the Dutch. But even after the multiple rules and seeds of “infiltration”, the city stands strong as one of the industrial cities of the country.

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What is the best time to visit Jaffna?

The best time to visit the city of Jaffna would be ranging from January to September because these are the warmer months and rainfall is less likely to occur during these months. Though there may be instances of drizzling which might last from 10 to 15 minutes.

The highest temperature recorded in these months was 31 Degree Celsius, and the lowest was 27 Degree Celsius. The tourists are advised to carry umbrellas with them.

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What are the things to do in Jaffna?

The top things to do in Jaffna are Casuarina Beach, Jaffna Library, Dutch Fort, Delft Island, Jaffna Fort, Fort Hammenhiel. You can see all the places to visit in Jaffna here

What are the places near Jaffna?

The top places near to Jaffna are Anuradhapura which is 155 km from Jaffna, Colombo which is located 304 km from Jaffna, Kandy which is located 272 km from Jaffna, Nuwara eliya which is located 313 km from Jaffna, Sigiriya which is located 206 km from Jaffna

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