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Semman: Helping Artisan Communities in Jaffna

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Jaffna is a beautiful city in the north of Sri Lanka that is home to a large part of the Tamil community in the island. Many former residents of the area have returned for resettlement following the end of a long civil conflict and Jaffna is undergoing large-scale development and rejuvenation. In this vein, it is extremely fitting that a new Boutique Hotel in Jaffna, The Thinnai, has taken an admirable step in the right direction. The hotel has engaged

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A Blessed August in Sri Lanka’s North and East

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Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka is known for its Hindu people and their unwavering faith. It is probably this faith that carried them through the Civil Unrest that spanned three decades in the North and East of Sri Lanka. Thankfully, now the entire country is enjoying peace and a boost in development, and in this arena Jaffna is holding its own. The temples in Sri Lanka’s North and East are a sight to behold- full of life, color and voices

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The Festival at Munneswaram Kovil – Another ‘Must-See’ in Sri Lanka

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The Munneswaram Hindu Kovil is one of the oldest of its kind in the island, having been established in 1000 CE in the Puttalam District in Northwest Sri Lanka. It is the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is also associated with the Ramayana Indian epic. The temple complex consists of five temples, one of which is a Buddhist temple. While the main temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the others are dedicated to  Aiyyanar , Ganesha and Kali; the latter

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More Culture This August in Jaffna

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Jaffna is the northernmost part of the mesmerizing island of Sri Lanka, blessed with a mix of rich culture, tradition and hospitable people. For travelers visiting Sri Lanka this summer, here’s what you can expect if you take the time to visit Jaffna. It is truly magnificent in Jaffna, as there are attractions galore, new cuisine to taste and comforts to enjoy. And if you’re one of those special people who love a good dose of culture, then Jaffna is

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August Brings The Kokkuvil Manchavanapaththy Murugan Festival

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Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka is an ineffable delight. Stepping out of an era of Civil War, the city is now bustling with development, but is still firmly rooted in tradition and culture. If you have a visit planned to Jaffna this August, be a part of their cultural traditions that include a devout obeisance to the Hindu Gods. To this end, an important event that takes place in the eighth month of the year is the Kokkuvil Manchavanapaththy Murugan

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The Scenic Delft Island Off Sri Lanka’s Northern Coast

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Tourists and visitors to Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka almost always make it a part of their itinerary to travel to Delft Island about 30 km off the coast. The island has a population of approximately 4,500 people and can be visited by ferry, although it is also accessible by air. The island has a wonderfully rich history dating back to the Dutch, Portuguese and British colonial period, in addition to the Chola Dynasty. The ancient Nagadeepa temple on the

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Explore Jaffna from The Thinnai

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Obviously, if you are traveling to Jaffna in Sri Lanka’s north, you would include sightseeing on your agenda. However, if your time is precious and you want to experience the best of the city in a short amount of time, you will definitely require support in organizing your travels. That is why a stay at The Thinnai is a worthwhile opportunity in every sense of the word. This is a new, All Suite Boutique Hotel in Jaffna that caters to

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Devote some time to the Kathirkamam Kovil Festival in Sri Lanka

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Is Sri Lanka on your list of Summer Vacation destinations? It should be! Not only is the island the perfect blend of Sun, Sand and Sea, but also offers travellers the other ‘C’ that should be included- Culture. The beautiful country is home to diverse races and religions and as a result, it is a melting pot of different and very unique cultures. If you’re heading to Sri Lanka in July, then you’re in luck, because there are a few

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The Awe-Inspiring Kokkadicholai Thanthamalai Sri Murugan Kovil Festival

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The Kokkadicholai Thanthimalai Sri Murugan Temple is built on the site that is believed to be the place where God Kandan first set foot in Sri Lanka, when he sailed to the island after completing a war against a demon. The temple can be found along the border of the East Coast of Sri Lanka and it stands on 100 acres of land that include jungles, mountains and the beach. The temple is beautifully complete with accommodation halls, wells, toilets

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Take that Sweet Tooth to Jaffna

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Who says Jaffna is only about the spices? There’s no better place to indulge that sweet tooth, other than Jaffna at the northern end of Sri Lanka. The desserts of Jaffna combine the sweetest of flavors mixing milk, coconut, honey, and a host of tastes that send your palate to seventh heaven! When visiting this lovely city, you may find the food to be quite spicy- the Jaffna Tamils love their crab curries, mutton curries and so on, so their

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