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JaffnaJaffna City Tour

Experience “Yalpanam” - Jaffna Peninsula: A City of Medieval Treasures


Why should you book this trip?

  • Sri Lanka Day Tours gives you the opportunity to explore the capital of Jaffna with a dynamic guide from the area, who will lead you to the most beautiful wonders of Jaffna.

  • Ride a tuk-tuk around some streets of Jaffna and experience different aspects of the city.

  • Discover some of Jaffna's most interesting religious and cultural attractions, including Nallur Kovil, Kadurugoda Viharaya, and the ancient wonders of the Jaffna museum.

  • Learn about Sri Lanka's history at the war memorials and the Jaffna Public Library that used to be one of the biggest libraries in Asia before the civil war.

  • Taste local delicacies and stop for an ice cream at the famous Rio Ice Cream Bar.

  • Take the liberty to be adventurous with street food and cuisine as well: authentic Jaffna experience with mostly vegetarian dishes prepared with aromatic spices can only be found in this part of Sri Lanka.

  • Meet and interact with the local people of Jaffna

  • Visit the Dutch Fort and take in breathtaking panoramic views.

  • Excellent photography opportunities

  • This is an excellent community-based tour, so in turn you contribute to the wellbeing of the local community.




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Included in the price

  • Costs of the transportation (car or tuk tuk)

  • Entrance fee to Jaffna museum (entrance tickets)

  • Snacks and water during excursion

  • Experienced local guide

  • All applicable Gov. taxes


  • Transportation to and from starting point

  • Extra food and beverages consumed during the tour

  • Any tips to the staff


Tour in brief 

Meet your guide in Jaffna city and embark on your car or tuk tuk ride to the Public Library of Jaffna, the beacon of education and source of knowledge for the Jaffna Peninsula. Then, continue via Doreappa Stadium to the Jaffna Dutch Fort, an impressive structure built in the 17th century and enjoy the uninterrupted majestic ocean views. Next, visit the War Memorial of General Kobbekaduwa who sacrificed his life in the civil war. Then look forward to riding through the Jaffna-Kayts Road and view the landscape taken over by prawn and crab farms, which promises to amaze you. Thereafter, much time will be spent in the city embracing the true colours of Jaffna. A highlight will be to taste some of the street food; authentic Jaffna cuisine can only be enjoyed here, on the way to the Nallur Kovil.

Wrapping up on the busy streets and the markets, we head for the ancient Kadurugoda Temple and then finally to the Jaffna Museum - the last stop of the tour.


  • Suitable casual clothing for windy, rainy, warm weather conditions should be considered.
  • Lightweight clothes and shoes/boots are recommended for walking.
  • Sun protection lotion and insect repellent cream/spray are recommended items to carry.
  • All electronic devices should be securely carried.


Jaffna is the capital city of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. The country’s 12th largest city, Jaffna is known for its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. Its suburb Nallur served as the capital of the 4th century medieval Jaffna Kingdom. Prior to the protracted civil war, it was Sri Lanka's second most populated city after the commercial capital Colombo and is home to a majority of Hindu Tamils followed by Christians, Muslims and Buddhists. Since the end of the conflict in 2009, refugees and internally displaced people have gradually started returning to their homes and government and private sector reconstruction has begun. Jaffna is home to many historical sites such as: the popular Jaffna Library that was burnt down (during the civil war)  and rebuilt, and the Jaffna Fort built during the Dutch colonial period, in the 17th century.


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thanks for arrnaging everything, it was really a great weekend and particularly the guide was excellent. He has so much knowledge and could explain everything very well. All went very smooth on time without any delay.

 Franz Gruener – Germany - JUL 16