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The Best Things to Do in Northern Province

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Popular things to do in Northern Province

Nallur Kovil ©
Religious Site
Nallur Kovil Jaffna
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Jaffna Fort ©
Historic Site
Jaffna Fort Jaffna
2.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Religious Site
Nagadipa Purana Vihara Jaffna
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
Neduntheevu (Delft Island) ©
Island
Neduntheevu (Delft Island) Jaffna
3.9
Duration: 4 hours
With both tropical forest and a long coastline dotted with lagoons, the Northern Province has yet to fully tap into its tourism potential. Much of the 25-year civil war played out here, and it still feels a world apart from the rest of Sri Lanka as it catches up. Today, a trip to the Northern Province reveals a string of ancient Buddhist temples with pointed stupas, unexplored beaches, offshore islands, saltpans, and mangrove forests. Proximity to South India has left elaborate Hindu shrines with impressive gopurams, and other off-beat attractions include up-and-coming towns with Muslim, Portuguese, Dutch, British, and Sinhalese influence. Wildlife sanctuaries protect leopards and offer excellent bird-watching opportunities, and you can spend the bulk of your Northern Province holiday simply sitting on the beach under casuarina trees, snacking on the famous Jaffna mangoes. Plan how to spend your time in Northern Province and other destinations in Sri Lanka using our Sri Lanka driving holiday planner.

Hidden gems in Northern Province

Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple ©
Religious Site
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple Jaffna
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu ©
Landmark
Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu Mannar
4.3
Duration: 4 hours
Kayts Causeway ©
Hiking Trail
Kayts Causeway Jaffna
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Kantharodai Viharaya ©
Ruin
Kantharodai Viharaya Jaffna
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Northern Province

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Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Religious Site
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil Jaffna
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Karainagar Sivan Temple ©
Religious Site
Karainagar Sivan Temple Karainagar
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Naguleswaram Temple ©
Religious Site
Naguleswaram Temple Jaffna
3.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Northern Province

Casuarina Beach ©
Beach
Casuarina Beach Jaffna
3.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Manalkadu Beach ©
Beach
Manalkadu Beach Jaffna
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
Kankesanthurai Beach ©
Beach
Kankesanthurai Beach Jaffna
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
Kovalam Beach ©
Beach
Kovalam Beach Karainagar
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes

Nature in Northern Province

Mannar Island ©
Island
Mannar Island Mannar
3.8
Duration: 4 hours
Nilavarai Bottomless Well ©
Water Body
Nilavarai Bottomless Well Jaffna
1.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Yodha Wewa ©
Water Body
Yodha Wewa Mannar
3.7
Duration: 30 minutes

Beaches in Northern Province

Seven Wells Beach
Beach
Seven Wells Beach Jaffna
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Thalaiyadi Beach
Beach
Thalaiyadi Beach Maruthankerny
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Places to visit in Northern Province