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Jaffna for the ‘Artsy’ Traveler


The north of Sri Lanka- the Jaffna Peninsula, is a riot of culture and tradition. The beautiful city is well on its way to transforming itself for the better on the back of a long civil conflict that destroyed and damaged cherished buildings and artifacts, in addition to taking many lives. However, the resilience of the people of Jaffna shines through, as always. If you are ever lucky enough to visit this unique place in the island, make the most

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Head to Jaffna for Deepavali 2017


Deepavali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, is celebrated on a grand scale in Jaffna. The Northern city in Sri Lanka is home to the largest Hindu Tamil population in the country who eagerly await the festivities associated with the colorful festival each year. This year, Deepavali is on 18th October. Originally a festival that followed the summer harvest in India, in Hinduism, Deepavali is a celebration of the triumph of Light over Darkness, Good over Evil, Knowledge over Ignorance and

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Experiencing The Thinnai At Its Best


Jaffna is a wonderful place for the discerning traveler. If there’s any place in the world that would totally gratify and intrigue the holidaymaker, it would be Jaffna. Recent visits to the area in Sri Lanka’s north yielded some surprises. The place is booming post-war, and now a number of new establishments have come up, among them, beautiful new hotels. The Thinnai stands out from the pack- it is an All-Suite Boutique Hotel that aims to give every guest the

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A Memorable Trip to Jaffna this September


For all who love a good vacation with a touch of color and culture, Jaffna should very well be on your Sri Lankan travel itinerary this September. Not only is there the sun, sand and surf to enjoy, but also a rich culture of historic significance and pious worship. Jaffna is a predominantly Hindu area in the island’s north and is home to many Hindu temples known as ‘Kovils’. There are many festivals celebrated throughout the year in these kovils,

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More reasons to stay at The Thinnai Boutique Hotel


The Thinnai is a firm favorite among travelers to Jaffna who are looking for a great place to stay with every comfort at hand. The All Suite Boutique Hotel is a new addition to Jaffna’s hospitality industry this year and has already drawn guests who value quality service, a homely atmosphere and the best in meals. The Thinnai is also a super place to hang out with friends over some delicious drinks and tasty eats- The Thulaa Café provides the

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Semman: Helping Artisan Communities in Jaffna


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


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


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


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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