Top things to do in Jaffna Peninsula

Top Choice Historic Site in The North Coast and Keerimalai Spring

Keerimalai Spring

This spring is a beautiful little spot: the men’s side has a picturesque stepped pool of bright aquamarine water set against the ocean, while the women have a smaller pool nearby, surrounded by tall walls. The water…
Top Choice Beach in Northeast Shore

Manalkadu Beach

A small dirt road runs for 3.1km off the B371 to this lovely beach. There are a few fishing boats, some palm trees and not much else on the sand. The views extend up and down the sand as far as you can see. Back fro…
Ruins in The North Coast and Keerimalai Spring

Kantarodai Ruins

Some 1km via a squiggle of lanes south of the B380 is the beautiful and mysterious Kantarodai Ruins – two dozen or so dagobas, 1m to 2m in height, in a palm-fringed field. Their origins are the subject of fierce con…
Beach in Northeast Shore

Chempiyanpattu Beach

There’s a stunning beach here – a classic tropical picture of white sand, azure ocean and swaying coconut palms – though absolutely no facilities. Perfect if you want to get away from it all. Note the huge old baoba…
Hindu Site in The North Coast and Keerimalai Spring

Naguleswaram Shiva Kovil

Just before Keerimalai spring is the 6th-century-BC Naguleswaram Shiva Kovil, one of the pancha ishwaram, five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in Sri Lanka. Before the civil war, this was a thriving Hindu pilgrimage…
Hindu Site in The North Coast and Keerimalai Spring

Thurkkai Amman Kovil

Beside the KKS road at the 13km marker, south of the village of Tellippalai, the vast Thurkkai Amman Kovil is set behind a fairly deep, stepped pool. The temple celebrates the goddess Durga and draws relatively larg…
Hindu Site in Point Pedro

Vallipura Aalvar Kovil

The much-revered Vallipura Aalvar Kovil is 5km south from central Point Pedro. Its gopuram is painted in an unusually restrained colour palette and the temple interior has some very pretty Krishnas. It’s famous for …
Memorial in Elephant Pass

Buldozer Memorial

About 1km south of the causeway's southern end, there is a large memorial to Gamini Kularatne, a Sri Lanka Army soldier who single-handedly disabled an armoured LTTE bulldozer. The rusting vehicle – complete with a …
Monument in Elephant Pass

Elephant Pass War Memorial

This grandiose, vaguely stupa-like monument glorifies the role of the Sri Lankan armed forces in defeating the LTTE and lauds the role of former President Rajapaksa. Huge bronze hands hold aloft a model of the count…
Hindu Site in The North Coast and Keerimalai Spring

Maviddapuram Kanthaswamy Kovil

Maviddapuram Kanthaswamy Kovil is now flourishing again after the war. The priests here are very friendly and will probably do a puja for you if you like (otherwise, it’s at 11.30am). It's right by the road junction…