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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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The Scenic Delft Island Off Sri Lanka’s Northern Coast


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


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


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


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


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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Enjoying Jaffna With The Kids


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


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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