Jaffna Fort, Jaffna

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A remarkable embodiment of the Hindu-Tamil culture, Jaffna Fort represents an archeological monument to Sri Lanka's internal strife. While the current fort's construction dates from 1618 following the Portuguese invasion, some evidence suggests its layout goes back to ancient Buddhist cultural expansion. Through the colonial period, the British and the Dutch also held the fort under their governance, which led to the creation as well as the destruction of certain segments. Inside, find a church with the statue of Virgin Mary, governor's residence, garrison parade ground, and queen's house, among other buildings from the Portuguese era. Bring a hat and extra sunscreen for your visit, since it can get incredibly hot under the sun. Using our online itinerary creator, Jaffna attractions like Jaffna Fort can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • If need to kill some time, this is a decent location. It’s mostly remains from the old fort. Peaceful to walk about and read the signs explaining the location. There is a small museum, which is free t...  more »
  • The Jaffna Dutch fort is amazingly majestic with it's architecture and artefacts dating back to the Dutch rule. The fort also gives the visitor a map of jaffna and where to visit so maybe a good one t...  more »
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