Here are the top 7 tourist attractions to see in Jaffna:

1. Casuarina Beach

19 km
from city center
1 out of 7
places to visit in Jaffna

Deriving its name from the abundant casuarina trees found along the shore of the beach, the Casuarina beach with its soft golden sand grains and refreshing blue waters is located at about 20 kilometres from Jaffna. One of the things that lure visitors to the beach is crystal clear water and is free of any sort of pollution.

2. Jaffna Library

0 km
from city center
2 out of 7
places to visit in Jaffna

Built in the year of 1933, the Jaffna library is one of the prominent and illustrious buildings in not only the city of Jaffna but also the country of Sri Lanka. The building holds a special place in the hearts of the people.

3. Dutch Fort

0 km
from city center
3 out of 7
places to visit in Jaffna

Standing erect since 1618, under the rule of the Portuguese, once the Dutch fort of Asia, the Dutch fort of Jaffna is a monument that recalls the events that took place ever since, and the role that the fort played. Being passed on from ruler to the other the fort today stands with its ruins.

4. Delft Island

41 km
from city center
4 out of 7
places to visit in Jaffna

Delft Island, locally known as Neduntheevu and situated in northern Sri Lanka, is roughly an hour-long ferry ride away from the mainland. From the remnants of a colonial fort to numerous wild ponies roaming about— an amalgamation of nature and history awaits you on a trip to this quaint little island. Add to that the coral walls surrounding the houses—and you’ll feel like you stepped into a strange yet beautiful dream.

5. Jaffna Fort

2 km
from city center
5 out of 7
places to visit in Jaffna

Located in Jaffna, its namesake Jaffna Fort is the second largest fort in the country, spanning an area of 55 acres. A former architectural marvel, most of the fort had been reduced to rubble during the Sri Lankan Civil War; fortunately, part restoration has taken place. Jaffna Fort stands today as a testament to the fact that war spares nothing and no one, not even a monument of paramount significance.

6. Fort Hammenhiel

0 km
from city center
6 out of 7
places to visit in Jaffna

The Hammenhiel fort is famous for having a reputation of being a prison. Located on a beautiful location on the mesmerising island between the Kayts and the Karaitivu Islands, the fort was built by the Portuguese as a coast guard. Later it was renovated by the Dutch and then was taken over by the British. The fort was either used as a prison or armoury storage, by its rulers and thus today it has the reputation of being a prison. Fort Hammenhiel is now a hotel open for visitors to explore history through its walls.

7. Dambakola Patuna

0 km
from city center
7 out of 7
places to visit in Jaffna

Dambakola Patuna, or the fort of Jambukola, is one of the most ancient venues of the country. This monument has a rich history, and the port holds a lot of importance and significance for the Buddhist community. The reason that the port is of both a historical and religious significance is that in 249BC, one of the saplings of the Bodhi tree, the tree under which Buddha was enlightened was brought to the country and planted, along with a stupa, but today, no such remains are found. The Sri Lankan navy has built a replica of the stupa and have even planted the Bodhi tree for the Buddhism followers.