Top things to do in Velanai

Memorial in Velanai

War Memorial

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 …
Village in Velanai


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 elephants were shipped to India, and you can still see traces of it…
Church in Velanai

St Anthony's Church

Built in 1820, this large colonnaded church is dishevelled, but the faithful have strung colourful garlands from the soaring rafters. Immediately west, ponder the ruins of St Anthony's Villa, which still has some be…
Beach in Velanai

Chaatty Beach

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.