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Enjoying Jaffna With The Kids

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You’re in the sunny isle of Sri Lanka and wondering what to do and where to go- activities and places which make the entire family happy, mostly the kids. After all, there’s no denying that the little ones usually define the outcome of our vacations! So, one of your best bets with the family would be to travel to Jaffna, Sri Lanka’s northernmost city, by train. While some prefer to make the 396 Km journey from Colombo by air, the

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Nallur Festivities in Jaffna

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Many consider Jaffna’s most famous landmark to be the Nallur Kovil, so much so that the city is synonymous with the name of the Hindu Temple. The Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil stands in the town of Nallur, and although the temple has shifted throughout the town during various times in Jaffna’s political history, the first temple is said to be have been built in 948 AD at Kurukkal Valavu. If you’re visiting the historic town of Jaffna in August, then you’re

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Take a ‘Green’ Holiday in Jaffna

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One cannot emphasize enough, the need to reduce our carbon footprint in all that we do as citizens of Mother Earth, even when holidaying. Not every holiday service provider out there worries about giving back and preserving the environment. Sadly, now many businesses value profit over preservation. Happily though, there are a few businesses that operate with a conscience, and you’ll find such a place on your travels to Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka. The Thinnai is a partially opened

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Unparalleled Dining at ‘The Thinnai’

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The staff at The Thinnai in Jaffna, simply know how to keep their guests happy. The partially opened All Suite Boutique Hotel is already making waves among tourists and travelers, and one of the main reasons why guests are happy to stay at the hotel is that the food they serve is absolutely divine! Chef Pushpendran, the Head Chef, is well experienced in the trade. While Jaffna cuisine is known for its spice and punch, he ensures that the dishes

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Extra Reasons to Stay at ‘The Thinnai’

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As travelers, we always look for the most we can get with the money we have set aside for vacations. Every saving is welcome, not because we’re frugal, but because the best vacations are those on which you get the best out of what you do spend. To this end, a stay at The Thinnai in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, is like an answered prayer. The new All-Suite Boutique Hotel in the island’s north is the epitome of comfort with that

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Be a part of the Inuvil Kandasamy Festival in Jaffna

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The end of May and the month of June will afford visitors to Jaffna a sight to behold as the Festival at the Inuvil Kandasamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Murugan, gets underway. This is a colorful festival where thousands of Hindu devotees flock to pay obeisance to Lord Murugan. the younger son of Lord Shiva, the main and most revered deity in Hinduism. The almost month-long festivities, which begin on 30th May with the hoisting of the temple flag, ends

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The Thinnai celebrates the Festival Lights – Vesak

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Vesak celebrations take place in the month of May each year in Sri Lanka, on a Poya Day, which is the day of the full moon. The celebrations extend to the day following Poya as well, and it marks the day that the Lord Buddha was born, attained Enlightenment and passed from this world. The celebrations are unique- every Buddhist household makes or buys lanterns made out of bamboo and pasted with colored oil paper to be hung with a

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Making Business Happen at The Thinnai

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Tasked with the responsibility of organizing my company’s next outbound corporate training session for Managers, I struggled to find a venue that would please everyone and also get the job done at the same time. In my experience, rarely has this been possible. It is always a herculean task to find a place that most have not been to, that offers excellent conference facilities and sets the scene for team building and successful brainstorming. On a whim I searched the

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Catharsis Through Art

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The expression of one’s deepest emotions through art has been an accepted form of psychological healing. In fact, one will find the method of drawing one’s pain, joy and the gamut of emotions, used by teachers, doctors, therapists and other professionals as a form of accessing such feelings and providing an outlet for their release. It is no secret that the people of Jaffna in Sri Lanka’s north suffered in ineffable ways due to the over three decade-long civil war

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A Trip That Will Make Your Mouth Water…..

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What is any trip to a new destination without tasting its food? And seasoned or even amateur traveler will not dream of returning home sans a taste of the local cuisine. If one is in the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, one gets a taste of some absolutely sumptuous dishes (seafood being a favorite, given that the island is surrounded by the ocean). Make your way to the northern tip of the island- Jaffna, and you will find another array

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