Jaffna

Jaffna

Also known as Yaalpanam among Tamils. Located on the northern-most part of Sri Lanka. One of the oldest places of inhabition in South-east Asia. Mostly populated by Tamils along with a handful of Sri Lankan Muslims. However it is one of the most populated cities of Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Tamil is the main language spoken in Jaffna along with a little bit of sinhala , however english is widely understood and spoken.

Jaffna Fort is one of the main destination in Jaffna .It built during the late 1600s by the Dutch. Star-shaped well defence fort that originally built by Portuguese and late it has been significantly developed by Dutch. This amazing place bounded to lagoon and landside. It was highly important place during the colonial time. There are well shaped and furnished five-sided inter defence fort build with high thick and that was built to increase the defence. Also higher ramparts one of major strategy that followed by the Dutch. The bastions were well planned and use that strategy in an appropriate way. Also during the first planning stage Portuguese able to use the best geographical resources of ground level. The original design was perfectly developed upon on later defence requirement by Dutch. British were upgraded this fort as an administrative place. After that during the British ruling time, they also developed the fort in a significant way. The star-shaped fort able to secure the peninsula from any outside attack.

Hindu Kiovels or temples are one of the major attractions in Jaffna, the most famous kovil is the Nallur Kovil, which reflects the Dravidian architecture and style beautifully. The Kandaswamy Kovil is also mostly visited by tourists which is one of the oldest kovils in Sri Lanka. This amazing place has been devoted to Lord Muruga and annually thousands of people visiting to worship Lord Muruga. Also Kovil festival is truly amazing and it is consist of amazing events which blended with Hindu Culture. The kovil was built during the 10th century.  However the original Kovil was demolished by the Portugese during the colonial era.

 

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