This small, unkempt but interesting museum is hidden away at the end of a messy garden behind a concrete events hall. At the door are a pair of rusty Dutch cannons from the fort and a set of whale bones. Inside, there are a few treasures, including some 15th-century Buddha torsos found at Kantarodai and a 14th-century ‘seven-mouthed pot'.
Jaffna Archaeological Museum
Nearby Jaffna attractions
1. Miralliamman Kovil
Easily overshadowed by the nearby Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, this temple tries hard to be noticed with especially vibrant colours.
2. Sri Nagavihara International Buddhist Centre
The solitary Sri Nagavihara International Buddhist Centre was quickly rebuilt after government forces retook Jaffna in 1995.
3. Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil
This huge Hindu temple, crowned by a towering god-encrusted, golden-ochre gopuram, is one of the most significant Hindu religious complexes in Sri Lanka…
4. Our Lady of Refuge Church
This unusual structure looks like a whitewashed version of a Gloucestershire village church.
5. Old Park
A grand expanse of grass with very old, huge shade trees, first laid out by the British in 1829. Besides a playground and the cute Dora Cafe, it has the…
6. Sangiliyan Statue
Glistening in the sun, this gold-hued statue was first erected in 1974. It portrays Cankili II, the last king of the Jaffna Kingdom (he died in 1623)…
7. Clock Tower
An architectural curiosity, the spindly Clock Tower has a Moorish domed top, which makes it look like it belongs somewhere in North Africa. It was erected…
8. St Mary’s Cathedral
Built by the Dutch along classical lines in the 1790s, St Mary’s Cathedral is astonishingly large, but it’s curious to see corrugated-iron roofing held up…