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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  • We were here on a Sunday. Many premises that make us all very interesting. Fort is in reasonable condition. No mass tourism. Nice point of interest but personally I found especially the population a point of interest
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  • Unfortunately the fort has suffered a lot during the long-lasting conflict. The fort itself is enormous in size. From the Southern tip you can see the sea-side.  more »
  • So mesmerising place .. near the beach must see in Jaffna . After the war it was so beautiful to see this great city  more »
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  • Good ancient place. Nice views. Good for explore places.
  • Great land mark from thw colonial era. Portuguese have initially constructed thus for which has been modified by Dutch afterwards.
  • Nice place for hanging out. Old fort nice view. Still under renovation
  • Good ancient and historic place for site seeing and exploration.
  • This is place to be visited to see the amazing building skills of Dutch. Once a group of Sri Lankan Army survived because of the protection of this fort. The LTTE couldn't get this place and this is the only one place they couldn't get at Jaffna peninsula.

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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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