Casuarina Beach

Jaffna & the North

An attractive stretch of sand with good swimming and, as the name indicates, a shoreline backed by mature casuarina trees. It's popular with folks from Jaffna on weekends and has a couple of food vendors for a bite to eat and a drink. Buses from Jaffna to Karainagar pass within 2km of the beach. There are three-wheelers available for onward transport.

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