Welcome to Elephant Pass

The actual pass gets its name from the hundreds of elephants that were herded through here en route to India between 300 BC and the 19th century.

For most Sri Lankans the name is inexorably linked with the civil war; for decades the government and Tamil Tigers contested control of this strategic spot – the gateway to Jaffna – with particularly bloody battles waged in 1991, 2000 and 2009.

Today it is the site of two major war memorials, which draw many tourists. The wetlands surrounding the causeway are beautiful, an aquamarine sea fringed by patches of white sand and mangroves, with lots of wading birds in evidence.

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