Top 10 attractions to explore in Northern Province
The northern province lies close to India, 35km away. It has an area of 8,884 km2, the capital of the province is Jaffna city, the population of the province is 1,058,762. Most of the population are from the Tamil ethnicity. Jaffna city is the cultural city of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka.
Attractions in Northern Province
Casuarina Beach is about 20 km from Jaffna. The beach is known for its crystal clear water and white sand. The beach is named after the Casoorina Trees which dominates the beach. The beach has limited options for water sports but it is a fabulous place for walking and swimming.
Hammenhiel fort was built by the Portuguese in the 17th century. The fort served both as a prison and an armory storage. Now the fort is turned into a hotel, so the visitors can explore history through its wall. The guests can experience the prison life and even sleep on an actual cell.
A public library located in the city of Jaffna, it is considered as one of the most important and historical places in Jaffna. In 2001 the library was restored after it was burned in 1981. At that time it was the largest library in Asia containing over 97,000 books. The building's classical lines and beautiful proportions make it stand out architecturally.
Jaffna Market is located in the heart of Jaffna city. The market features exclusive souvenirs that are hard to find outside the market. The market is also famous for the vendors and shops that sells fresh fruits and vegetables, you can also find apparel, gold, food, and utensils here.
Nagadipa Purana Vihara is a Buddhist temple and it is one of the 16 holiest Buddhist shrines in Sri Lanka. Nagadipa Purana Vihara is known as the place where Buddha visited to resolve the dispute between two kings of Naga.
Wilpattu National Park is located 26 km north of Puttalam. With an area of 131,693 hectares Wilpattu National Park is the largest and oldest wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka. The park features more than 50 wetlands, 31 species of mammals, and countless species of birds.
Map of attractions in Northern Province