The Top 10 Things to Do in Jaffna Town 2017

Jaffna Fort Clock Tower Jaffna Libraries Jaffna Market Cargills Square Jaffna Archaeological Museum Our lady of Refuge Church Old Park

1. Nallur Kovil

Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil (Tamil: நல்லூர் கந்தசுவாமி கோவில் Sinhalese: නල්ලුරුව ස්කන්ධ කුමාර කෝවිල) is one of the most significant Hindu temples in the Jaffna District of Northern Province, Sri Lanka .It stands in the town of Nallur. The presiding deity is Lord Murugan or Katharagama Deviyo in the form of the holy 'Vel' in the Sanctum, the primary shrine, and in other forms, namely, Shanmugar, Muthukumaraswami, Valli Kaanthar with consorts Valli and Deivayanai, and Thendayuthapani, sans consorts in secondary shrines in the temple.


2. Jaffna Fort

Jaffna Fort (Sinhalese: යාපනය බලකොටුව; Tamil: யாழ்ப்பாணக் கோட்டை) is a fort built by the Portuguese at Jaffna, Sri Lanka in 1618 under Philip De Olivera following the Portuguese invasion of Jaffna. The fort is located near Karaiyur. Due to numerous miracles attributed to the statue of Virgin Mary in the church inside the fort, Jaffna Fort was named as Fortress of Our Lady of Miracles of Jafanapatão (Fortaleza de Nossa Senhora dos Milagres de Jafanapatão). It was captured by the Dutch under Rijcklof van Goens in 1658 who expanded it. In 1795, it was taken over by the British, and remained under the control of a British garrison till 1948. As the only large military fort in the country, due to the presence of only government and military buildings within its ramparts, it was garrisoned by a detachment of the Ceylon Army.Map of the fort from 1693.

With the onset of the Sri Lankan Civil War it came under siege on several occasions and was the scene of pitched battles. From 1986 to 1995 it was under the control of the LTTE during this time the LTTE destroyed several of key features to stop the Army getting control due to the site being used to stage attacks but it was recaptured by the Sri Lanka Army in 1995 after a 50-day siege during Operation Riviresa. It was also vandalised by locals to rebuild houses damaged from the war .Today it remains garrisoned by a detachment of the Sri Lanka Army with limited access to visitors and is being renovated with Dutch funding.[1]

Buildings inside the fort include the Governor's residence (King's House), Queen's House, Kruys Church, the Garrison Parade Ground, Police quarters and several buildings from the Portuguese era.


3. Clock Tower


Clock Tower is a survival horror point-and-click adventure video game series created by Hifumi Kono. The series includes four games in total. The first entry, Clock Tower(1995), was developed by Human Entertainment and released on the Super Famicom exclusively in Japan. Human Entertainment developed two more entries, Clock Tower(1996) and Clock Tower II: The Struggle Within (1998), which were released on the PlayStation and localized outside Japan. The fourth and most recent title, Clock Tower 3(2002), was co-developed by Sunsoft and Capcom for the PlayStation 2. Gameplay in the series generally involves the player hiding and escaping from enemy pursuers without any weapons to defeat them. Scissorman is a reoccurring antagonist and sometimes the sole enemy in the game.

Kono's inspiration for the first Clock Tower title came from watching Italian film director Dario Argento's horror films, and perhaps most notably his film Phenomena (1985). The game began as an experimental project with a low budget and small staff. It sold well enough to prompt a direct sequel which competed with Capcom's Resident Evil (1996). The third game in the series was not directed by Kono and was a critical failure. Human Entertainment went out of business in 2000, after which Sunsoft purchased the Clock Tower intellectual property. They would go on to develop Clock Tower 3 with Capcom which was a commercial failure.

The Clock Tower games have generally received mixed reviews. They are often praised for their high levels of presentation and horror elements, but criticized for their cumbersome and archaic gameplay. The first game is particularly notable for solidifying Human Entertainment as a developer and influencing the survival horror genre. Although no Clock Tower titles have been released since 2002, the series did see two spiritual successors. The first was in the form of Haunting Ground (2005) for the PlayStation 2 which was similar to Clock Tower 3. The second was NightCry (2016) for Windows, which was directed by Kono and crowdfunded through Kickstarter. A film based on the series was rumored from 2006-11, but never materialized.

4. Jaffna Libraries

Jaffna Public Library (Tamil: யாழ் பொது நூலகம்) is located in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. It is one of Jaffna's most notable landmarks, and is run by the Jaffna Municipal Council. The library was built in 1933 and burnt in 1981. During the early 1980s, it was one of the biggest libraries in Asia, containing over 97,000 books and manuscripts.[2][3]In 2001, rehabilitation of the library was completed, with new structure being built and new books received, although its old books and manuscripts were not replaced. It is Sri Lanka's second main public Library only rivaled by the Library in Colombo

The building's classical lines and beautiful proportions make it stand out architecturally. It contains lush gardens and has been modernized with new facilities such as free-wifithat was added in 2016Jaffna Market

5. Cargills Square


Majestic Cineplex located at Cargills Square is a shopping mall in the city of Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka. The mall is located in the heart of the city at the junction of Hospital Street and Mahathma Gandhi Road, opposite Jaffna Hospital. The mall and Cineplex opened in the last quarter of 2013.

The cineplex has seating for 600 people and including 3D cinema of which the latest animation and 3d English movies are screened for the much enthusiastic fans. The cinemas carries Dolby digital sound systems and carries the latest projection picture technology.

6. Jaffna Archaeological Museum

Jaffna Archaeological Museum is located in Nallur, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The land was given to museum by Arumuga Navalar Foundation, and front portion has Navalar Cultural Hall. The museum houses a rare collection of antiquities. Buddhist and Hindu religious collection are in big collection, which are in various forms of metal, wood and stone. The excellent collections begin in time from the period of ancient period Sri Lanka to the colonial era. Also, some of the archaeological excavations findings of Kandarodai can seen at this museum.

7. Our lady of Refuge Church

Our lady of Refuge Church (Church, Place of Worship) is located at 4th Cross Street, Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

8. Old Park

Old Park (Tamil: பழைய பூங்கா Paḻaiya Pūṅkā) is a 27 acre urban park in the city of Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka. It was originally built in the 19th century as the gardens and grounds of the residency of the British Government Agent for the Northern Province.

9. Old Kacheri


British Government Agent Percival Ackland Dyke purchased a 27 acre land in Jaffna using his own funds to serve as his residency and gardens/grounds.[1] Dyke served as Government Collector for Jaffna for four years (1829-33) and Government Agent for the Northern Province for 32 years (1833-43; 1843-60; 1861-67).[2][3][4][5] Dyke was known as the "Raja of the North".[3][6] He was buried at St. John's Cemetery at Chundikuli, Jaffna after his death on 9 October 1867.[4] Dyke bequeathed Old Park, via an irrevocable deed of gift through Queen Victoria, to his successors rent free.[1][7]

The residency building was in one corner of the land and the rest of the woodland consisted of trees.[8] Old Park had some rare trees (mahogany, nedun, ironwood, baobab, lignum vitae) as well as trees common to the region (mango, tamarind).[1] The income earned from the mango and tamarind fruits was used to maintain the park.[1] The park also contained a variety of fauna including bats and butterflies.[8]

As militancy increased in northern Sri Lanka in the late 1970s/early 1980s the army stationed troops at Old Park.[9] When the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam controlled Jaffna in the late 1980s/early 1990s they occupied Old Park.[10] A large army camp was once gain based at Old Park after the Sri Lankan military recaptured the city in 1995.[11]

After the end of the civil war the provincial administration was moved from Varothayanagar, Trincomalee to Old Park in Jaffna.[12] In July 2011 Minister of National Heritage Jagath Balasuriya declared the old Kachcheribuilding in Old Park to be a "Protected Monument".[13] In September 2011 it was alleged that parts of Old Park had been destroyed on the orders of Major General G. A. Chandrasiri, the Governor of the Northern Province.[8][14][15][16] Chandrasiri denied the allegations.[17][18] It was also alleged that Chandrasiri was building himself a Rs. 190 million bungalow at Old Park.

10. Sri Nagavihara International Buddhist Centre

Naga Viharaya  is one of the famous Buddhist temples in Jaffna. It is located in the Stanley road in Jaffna town. Near Ariya Kulam ..
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