Vaddu Vakal Bridge

Jaffna & the North

This single-lane concrete veteran still bears war scars. When the fish are running, the sides are lined with people casting nets; it's one of the few times you'll see a crowd in the region. The lagoon is normally placid and a bird haven.

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1. Mullaittivu Beach

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2. Sea Tiger Shipyard

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3. Shelling Zone

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4. Monument of Victory

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5. Fallen Water Tower

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Right near the centre of town, an enormous concrete water tower lies on its side where it was toppled in the final days of the war in 2008. The sheer size…