Jaffna is the capital city of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, and has always been a major hub for its deep, creative culture of Hindu tradition. Jaffna was the major stronghold of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for decades, and is the location of the 1995 Battle of Jaffna, in which much of the city was damaged. Until recently, Jaffna was closed off to world, but it is now safe to visit, with a light military presence that continues to keep the peace. Today you can witness tranquil, palm-lined Dutch and Portuguese colonial suburbs, historic forts and churches, and modern shopping malls and railway stations. This is the perfect time to experience Jaffna without the crowds of other visitors, before it becomes a popular tourist destination. It is home to many Kovils, a Dravidian architectural style of Hindu temples, including the important Nallur Kandasamy Kovil and the Vallipuram Kovil at Point Pedro.
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