War Memorial

Jaffna & the North

About 2km north of the AB19 along a dirt track is a sombre memorial to Lieutenant General Denzil Lakshman Kobbekaduwa and others. In 1992, the LTTE set off a bomb that killed the general and much of the rest of the command staff of the Sri Lankan Army in the north. It was a major victory for the LTTE. Today this recently built site includes the remains of some of the vehicles of the motorcade. It's a lonely and solemn site.

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Nearby Jaffna & the North attractions

1. Chaatty Beach

2.51 MILES

Chaatty Beach is no white-sand wonder, but it’s passable for swimming and has changing rooms, picnic gazebos and snack vendors. It's just 11km from Jaffna.

2. St Anthony's Church

4.44 MILES

Built in 1820, this large colonnaded church is dishevelled, but the faithful have strung colourful garlands from the soaring rafters. Immediately west,…

3. Kayts

4.69 MILES

Kayts is a moody little village with a few scuttled fishing boats down by the ferry dock and some big old bayan trees. This was the port from which…

4. Jaffna Fort


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. Varatharaja Perumal Kovil

5.84 MILES

This temple is 1.1km north of the start of the Karaitivu causeway on the mainland. It's visible on the right as you start your crossing. There's a…

7. Fort Hammenhiel

5.93 MILES

A tiny islet in the bay is home to the pocket-sized Fort Hammenhiel, a small Portuguese-built bastion that passed on to the Dutch in the 1650s. The thick…

8. Jaffna Public Library

6.03 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…