Jaffna is the staple town and district of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka and it has been known almost all over the world during the last three decades for the wrong reasons. The destructive civil war that spread terror over the country unleashed its power using the Jaffna area as its command centre.
For a long period of time, this beautiful and fertile land was shadowed from the eyes of the tourists and investors because of the above reason. But now that the war is over, the gates are open for anyone to go to Jaffna and see what that part of the country has to offer. Besides, history shows that Jaffna was open for tourists in the earlier ages during the reign of King Parakramabahu the 6th. There are a number of tourist attractions in Jaffna and most of them had survived the war with or without damage.
A tourism promotion program has been launched recently to promote the archeologically important places in the Jaffna peninsula. A total of forty sites had been recognized as places those serve the above purpose.The old Dutch fort of Jaffna is a major tourist attraction which was built by the Dutch in the eighteenth centre to hold power over the Jaffna lagoon and covers an area of about forty nine acres.
The island of Delft, named after the Dutch town is situated thirty five kilometers away from Jaffna is another place to visit. This has an old and relatively small fort built on also.There is also the Isle of Mannar located at one end of the “Adam’s Bridge”, a group of sandy islands formed in the fashion of a marine causeway which is said to connect India and Sri Lanka in the past. There had been a ferry service between Sri Lanka and the subcontinent when the times were safer before the war.
The Kankasanthurei, Keeramale pond is a place where people of all faiths go to have a bath with great respect. The Nallur hindu mosque complex, the Trincomalee region are some of the other related places of tourist attractions on the Jaffna area.
The government has taken steps to develop the network of roads connecting the capital and the South to Jaffna by launching major development schemes on infrastructure and life status of the Jaffna related areas. So far, there are a sufficient amount of good tourist hotels and guest houses in the Jaffna area. The network of roads provides more than sufficient access to Jaffna by land but there are no domestic flights to the Jaffna area. Soon there will be when the demand reaches the right heights. And considering the development and the investments taking action, that day is not so far away.
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