Jaffna Fort, Jaffna

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A remarkable embodiment of the Hindu-Tamil culture, Jaffna Fort represents an archeological monument to Sri Lanka's internal strife. While the current fort's construction dates from 1618 following the Portuguese invasion, some evidence suggests its layout goes back to ancient Buddhist cultural expansion. Through the colonial period, the British and the Dutch also held the fort under their governance, which led to the creation as well as the destruction of certain segments. Inside, find a church with the statue of Virgin Mary, governor's residence, garrison parade ground, and queen's house, among other buildings from the Portuguese era. Bring a hat and extra sunscreen for your visit, since it can get incredibly hot under the sun. Using our online itinerary creator, Jaffna attractions like Jaffna Fort can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • September 29, 2017
    We visited both the fort t Jaffna and Galle - Galle was far busier with tourists and locals so it was lovely to be able to wander around this fort in near isolation. There is a huge amount of restorat...  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    It will obviously be some years before the fort is totally restored, but that does not make it any less interesting. This was the only place in Jaffna where we found tourist information, with lots of ...  more »
  • September 22, 2017
    the fort is not maintained, it's a walk but quite boring actually. You can get on the foothills and do a good turn for a beautiful view of the lagoon and a part of the city.
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  • July 15, 2017
    Nice place, calm and quiet. Most parts of the fort are broken. But still looks great. Can walk around
  • July 14, 2017
    Hmmmm... if one likes stones - some broken, some reconstructed - then go. Otherwise, one can see all the requisite things from the road and needn't make the trek to the inner courtyard. Instead, go to the library next door and read a good book for a few hours!
  • March 22, 2017
    It's a fort with a great history but I think it's not maintained properly inside... The outer view is great to click pictures. It's better to stay in the park in front and enjoy the view of Fort along with the Seaview...
  • June 14, 2017
    Historical place, has to protect for our future generation
  • April 19, 2017
    Historical and beautiful place to take some photos. A beautiful sunset also.

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Where to stay in Jaffna

Jaffna offers a scattered few accommodations for its visitors. They primarily take the form of guesthouses, with some more refined as well as some very basic options on the major boulevards and side streets close to the station. Take a peek close to the main green areas in town for some standard, purpose-built hotels, with larger rooms and a few more amenities. Alternatively, look around the peninsula for some more rural places to stay, primarily located near the coast.
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