Vannarpannai Vaitheeswaran Kovil


This beautiful temple with a restrained colour palette dates back to the Dutch colonial period.

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2. Clock Tower

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3. Jaffna Public Library

0.65 MILES

Tellingly, one of the first major buildings to be rebuilt after the 2002 ceasefire was Jaffna's Public Library. It had been burnt down by pro-government…

4. Jaffna Fort

0.67 MILES

Long the gatehouse of the city, the vast Jaffna fort, overlooking the Jaffna lagoon, has been fought over for centuries. Today you can wander its walls,…

5. Subramaniam Park

0.75 MILES

An elegant modern park with impressive fountains. It reopened in 2010 after war damage was repaired. It has a fun children's play area.

7. Jaffna Archaeological Museum

0.98 MILES

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…

8. Miralliamman Kovil

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