Welcome to Jaffna


Inescapably, decades of war, emigration, embargoes and loss of life and property deeply affected this historic town, but the city is surprisingly green and leafy, with attractive palm-shaded colonial-era suburbs and beautiful temples and churches. Physically, new projects and upgraded transport connections show that Jaffna's days of isolation are long past.

Ancient sights both in the centre of town and on the outskirts make for compelling attractions. And while there is enough to do after dark to create a nascent buzz, it's still mellow enough that you won't get run over while walking.

The city is an ideal base for forays to the idyllic islands just to the west and trips along the coastline and lagoons of the surrounding peninsula.


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$54.13 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Departure Transfer: Jaffna to Colombo Bandaranayake International Airport CMB BIA

Once you have completed your holiday in Sri Lanka and are ready to head back home, your friendly driver will meet you at your hotel in Jaffna and drive you directly to the Bandaranayake International Airport. Whether you’re traveling individually, with a partner or in a group, your ground transport needs will be covered by this private transfer service. Avoid the confusion of taxis or public transport and enjoy a hassle-free ride. Airport departure transfers have never been this easy! Travel in style and comfort with unparalleled safety in your luxurious vehicle and get to your flight in good time and great order. Your English-speaking chauffeur is always at your service! SKU: LK41103200

$54.13 Transfers & Ground Transport

Colombo, Sri Lanka Airport (BIA-CMB) to Tilko Jaffna City Hotel, Jaffna

Once you land at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA / CMB), your friendly driver will meet you and drive you directly to your hotel,  Tilko Jaffna City Hotel, Jaffna. Whether you’re traveling individually, with a partner or in a group, your ground transport needs will be covered by this private airport transfer service. Avoid the confusion of taxis or public transport and enjoy a hassle-free start to your vacation. Airport transfers have never been this easy. Travel in style and comfort with unparalleled safety in our luxurious cars and get to your destination in good time and great order. Your English-speaking chauffeur is always at your service. SKU: LK43204470

$54.13 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Ground Transfer: Jaffna Hotel to Negombo Hotel

Once you check out from your hotel in Jaffna City, your friendly driver will meet you at your hotel in Jaffna City and drive you directly to your hotel in Negombo City. Whether you’re traveling individually, with a partner or in a group, your ground transport needs will be covered by this private transfer service. Avoid the confusion of taxis or public transport and enjoy a hassle-free ride. Ground transfers have never been this easy! Travel in style and comfort with unparalleled safety in our luxurious cars and get to your hotel in good time and great order. Your English-speaking chauffeur is always at your service! SKU: LK42386100

$54 Day Trips & Excursions

DELFT AND NAGADEEPA ISLANDS TOUR (Private Day Trip From Jaffna)

In the morning Pick up the the hotel in Colombo & proceed from Jaffna over the Mandaitivu, Kayts and Punkudutivu islands to the Kurikattuwan Jetty.Take a one hour ferry to Delft Island.On Delft Island, do a sightseeing tour by three-wheeler. See the 17th century Portuguese Fort, the messenger pigeon hole, historic Baobab tree, the ruins of the Dutch horse stables, giant foot print, the growing rock shrine, the remains of Buddhist stupas, the Queen's Tower navigation landmark, the giant Banyan tree and the white sandy beaches of Delft Island. Lunch at Delft Samudra Hotel (At your own cost)In the afternoon, transfer by ferry to Nagadeepa Island.Visit the historic Nagadeepa Viharaya. Also, visit the Buddha Walawwa Raja Maha Viharaya by a short walk from the Nagadeepa Temple.Thereafter visit the Nagapooshani Amman Kovil. Return to the Kurikattuwan Jetty of Punkudutivu by boat. Transfer back to the hotel in Jaffna.

$41 Day Trips & Excursions

NORTH OF PENINSULA TOUR (FULL DAY EXCURSION) (Private Day Trip From Jaffna)

Morning Pick up at the hotel in Jaffna and proceed to Point Pedro, en route witnessing vegetable and fruits cultivation in Achchuveli with a place producing traditional grape wine.  Visit the Point Pedro beach, the fishing village and the lighthouse and in close reach to Point Pedro visit Sri Lanka’s northern most point off the Northern shore.Point Pedro has a small harbour, which is controlled by the Sri Lankan army. If the much-delayed and frequently re-planned Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project is completed, deepening the Palk Straits between India and Sri Lanka to allow larger ships to pass, rather than having to travel 650 km (350 nmi) around Sri Lanka, then Point Pedro and other ports in the Jaffna peninsula may see a significant increase in maritime trade, especially with India.  Proceed to Kankasanthurai passing Velvettithurai. A popular tourist destination for its temples, its sandy, palm tree filled coastal stretch of beach and the Keerimalai Springs, other prominent landmarks in Kankesanthurai include the suburb's natural harbour, its fort and lighthouse. Lunch at Thal Sevana Resort, Kankasanthurai. (At Your Own Cost)  Proceed to Keerimalai and visit the Naguleswaram Kovil and the Sacred Water Spring.  Nallur temple-Its almost impossible to explain the art and culture of Jaffna without mentioning sculpture and beauty of Nallur temple that has more than 500 years history. The most spectacular cultural and religious place in Jaffna is Nallur temple and this is a must visit destination for a traveler in north and still attracts thousands of locals daily. Thereafter proceed to Nilavarai and visit the Bottomless Well  Return to Jaffna hotel in the evening.

$456.53 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5 Day Sri Lanka Tour

Day 1: Airport - NegomboOn arrival meet our Representative at the airport arrival lobby.Negombo is a major city in Sri Lanka, on the west coast of the island and at the mouth of the Negombo Lagoon, in Western Province, Sri Lanka. It is the fourth largest city in the country after the capital Colombo, Kandy and Jaffna. It is approximately 35 km north of Colombo City. Negombo is known for its huge and old fishing industry with busy fish markets and sandy beaches.Overnight stay at NegomboDay 2: Negombo - DambullaClimb the Sigiriya Rock which was built in 5th century. Sigiriya is treated as one of the most remarkable creations in the world, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). Path through the gardens along Stone stairways come to the Lion Gate. Only the rock carving and the brick structure is evident today of the lion’s mouth through which millions of people have walked to admire the beauty of this magnificent citadel. After the Sigiriya, we will do a Sigiriya Village tour where you will be taken in an ox-cart through the village, a Free traditional lunch will be served.Overnight stay at Dambulla.Day 3: Dambulla - KandyAfter the breakfast visit Dambulla Rock Temple which is a UNESCO world heritage site. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding and the paintings are done on the ceiling. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of god and goddess. Visit Spice garden in Matale. Watch a cultural show in the evening. (Kandyan dance) Visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, which houses the Lord buddha's tooth relic. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy.Overnight Stay at KandyDay 4: Kandy - Nuwara EliyaAfter the breakfast do the Kandy City TourToday Kandy offers its visitors rich collection of art and craft and historical buildings. It includes a collection of ancient temples buildings, handicrafts, souvenirs, bazaar and gem museum. After the Kandy city tour visit Botanical Gardens, watch Ramboda Falls which is 109m high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka.Nuwara Eliya is located at the heart of the hill country 6182 feet above from the sea level. It is still very much like an old English town with styled Bungalows and buildings. The cool calm climate, gorges rolling tea plantation which makes the best “Ceylon tea” and the breathtaking beautiful waterfalls makes Nuwara Eliya one of the most beautiful town in the world. Overnight stay at Nuwara EliyaDay 5: Nuwara Eliya - Pinnawala - AirportDo the Nuwara Eliya City Tour, visit a tea factory as well..and depart to Airport,on the way visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Drop you at the Airport