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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. With our world travel planner, Jaffna attractions like Jaffna Fort can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The walls of the fort are nice restored so that you have a good picture of how the fortress is constructed with an outpost etc. and how big it was. The buildings within the walls are in a poor condition, allegedly by the civil war, but that is being worked on.
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  • I think it as made by dutch and renewed by British. It was demolished in civil war thankfully it was renewed now.  more »
  • This place will be something special in a few years time from now. They are working so hard on this and they are looking for the visitors views on how to make the place more attractive. We really enjo...  more »
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  • Nice place, calm and quiet. Most parts of the fort are broken. But still looks great. Can walk around
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • Historical place, has to protect for our future generation
  • 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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