Sri Lanka
Northern Province

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11 travelers at this place:

  • Day25

    The Northern Province: Jaffna

    January 22 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Here it is - the "dangerous" North!?
    The People around are smiling and talking to us, many of them are well educated in english language. It seems to be less traffic and more serious drivingstyle as in the crowdy south.
    It looks more clean - maybe because the word "trashbin" is not unknown?

    But there are only few Restaurants, juicebar and coffeeshops and there are only a few tourists to be found.Read more

  • Day27


    January 24 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    The ferry ride to the island, which takes an hour, is an experience in itself. On the Island we hired a Tuc-tuc to see Remains of Dutch Fort, Dutch Pigeon Hole, growing rock, Baobab-Tree and the wild horses which are very lovely!

  • Day172

    Jaffnas Inseln

    March 22 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Mit dem Roller fahren wir über Jaffnas Inseln. Jaffna ist erst seit ein paar Jahren touristisch erschlossen und das Stadtbild ist von Ruinen aus dem Bürgerkrieg 1983 bis 2009 geprägt.
    Vieles erinnert uns an Indien: Frauen in Saris, Hindutempel, Kühe auf der Straße, einfaches Landleben, Menschen auf Fahrrädern, das Essen, die kleinen Geschäfte... wenn wir nicht immer noch einen leichten Indienkollar hätten würde es uns sicher noch ein wenig besser gefallen. Allerdings fühlen wir uns eher ein paar Wochen zurück versetzt.
    Es ist schön mal wieder unabhängig mit dem eigenen Roller zu reisen und die schöne Landschaft genießen zu können.
    Unser Lunch besteht wie im Rehazentrum aus einem Tali = Reis mit diversen unterschiedlichen kleinen Currys. Nach einer kleinen Pause besichtigen wir den ältesten Hindutempel Sri Lankas.
    Abends schauen wir uns den Sonnenuntergang vom das portugiesischen Fort direkt am Wasser an.
    Auch wenn uns Jaffna gut gefallen hat entscheiden wir uns (entgegen unser eigentlichen Planung) am nächsten morgen keinen weitere Ausflug zu machen, sondern weiter zu reisen.
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  • Day92

    Heading north to Jaffna

    August 19, 2018 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

    We venture north today on the bus towards Jaffna, a place quite different to the rest of Sri Lanka, wirh its mostly Tamil population and compared to other part of the island a relatively young tourism industry due to the civil war which finished in 2009. The bus ride for 6-7hrs was a little crazy. We thought the bus in India was Sri Lanka the bus drivers take it to another level. Anyway when we got here we were lucky to find a lovely guesthouse with very friendly and genuine owners/staff, right next to the most well equipped children's play ground we have seen in the last 3 months! Lila was very happy 😊
    We head out in the evening to see some of the festivities of a festival going on at the local hindu Nullur temple. It's quite amazing sight of familes dressed up (women and children in beautiful saris or sparkly and shiny outfits and men bare chested weaeing the traditional dotti or sarong) and coming to pray and celebrate at the temple.
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  • Day95

    More exploring around Jaffna

    August 22, 2018 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    This is our last day in Jaffna, a town which we have really enjoyed. Probably because it's a lot less touristy than other places we have visited (meaning you don't get hassled as often on the street to see if you want a tuk tuk or to buy anything), partly because it's population is mostly Tamil and we have loved this part in India. Also because it's very beautiful!
    Today we head to another beautiful beach, enjoy a lovely lunch at a local restaurant, where they specifically cook some pappudums for Lila :) and also head back to the temple we visited the first night as their celebrations increase towards the full moon height of ceremonies.
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  • Day93

    Trip to Point Pedro

    August 20, 2018 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    We rent a scooter for the few days we are in Jaffna to explore the beautiful surrounds of the northern region of the island. It's nice to have the freedom to go wherever you want and not be restricted to the bus or train route! Today we head off towards Point Pedro and we are greated with a lovely northern coastline and relaxed fishing villages, watching fisherman tend to their nets or at the shore drying fish or cutting up sting ray. We find a lovely beach with views quite similar to the Australian coast but luckily the water is so much warmer than the NSW coast!
    We also found some amazing beachside playgrounds (which made Lila very happy 😊).
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  • Day94

    Islands around Jaffna

    August 21, 2018 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Today we head for a drive around some of the islands to the west of Jaffna, mostly connected by bridges to the mainland. It's a peaceful drive through small villages which seem very much countryside, but at the same time you can see so many abandoned or destroyed houses from the wartime. We are told Jaffna is about half Christian and half Hindu, with a very small minority of Muslims and Buddhists (which is interesting in a Buddhist country). There are an incredible number of temples, churches and shrines all around which I find quite confronting at times (being non religious). The confronting part for me is the clear wealth and richness of these religious buildings, often close to schools which don't look anywhere near as well resourced.
    We search for a beach and head towards the well known and advertised Casuarina Beach, however we are quite disappointed after the beach we visited yesterday. Lila loves it though as the water is quite shallow for a long time and there are no waves what so ever so she was happily swimming and floating in the water 🤗
    Before we head back we stop at a really nice restaurant for sunset and dinner. The restaurant is run by the Navy and is part of a former prison, now hotel which is found inside a fort on a tiny island a small boat ride from the restaurant. Lila enjoys her new found love of fried cuttlefish and we are treated to a lovely sunset 😊
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  • Day3

    Mannar, Sri Lanka

    September 16 in Sri Lanka ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

    First tour stop here in Sri Lanka. Mannar is located on an island just off the northwest coast of Sri Lanka. Being surrounded by water, first the Portuguese and the Dutch both had forts here to protect trade. The current fort, currently under restoration, is the Dutch fort built after they destroyed the Portuguese. The next 2 pictures are of a 17th century Hindu temple, also the under restoration. Next is a baobab tree brought by the Dutch and planted about the time as the fort was built. It is said to be the largest tree in Sri Lanka. The last 2 pics are of our Lady of Madhu church. Also founded in the 17th century by the Portuguese but destroyed by the Dutch. The current building is only a few years old.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Northern Province, Nordprovinz, Северна провинция, Norda Provinco, Provincia Norte, استان شمالی, Sri Lankan pohjoinen provinssi, Province du Nord, उत्तरी प्रान्त, Provincia Settentrionale, 北部州, ჩრდილოეთი პროვინცია, 북부 주, വടക്കൻ പ്രവിശ്യ, उत्तर प्रांत, Noordelijke Provincie, Prowincja Północna, Província Norte, Северная провинция, මධ්‍යම පළාත, Nordprovinsen, மத்திய மாகாணம், Північна провінція, شمالی صوبہ، سری لنکا, Tỉnh Phía Bắc, 北部省

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