I took a public transport near airport. 8 hours of rickety bus journey (700 LKR) to Jaffna from airport. At night, there are Volvo bus services which are more comfortable. There are trains available from Colombo fort stations to Jaffna as well. The bus journey was very scenic with small roads, thick green patches with orange coconut water stalls. There was a shift in Singhalese speaking passengers to Tamil speaking crowd as the bus moved towards Jaffna. The roads were well maintained and the place was super clean.
Super fact: Govt. sign boards, name boards, food wrappers and all were in 3 languages (English, Tamil & Singhalese)
I crossed Anuradhapuram (North province of Srilanka begins here) followed by Kilinochi (unrest during civil war had happened) then Vavuniya (Most of the Govt. Buildings are present) and Mangulam (just heard this place from my favourite tamil movie Kannathil Muthamittal)
Jaffna is a very beautiful town with less people living there. Most of the houses have huge garden and small house in the middle of it. This place reminds me of any small town in Tamil Nadu. The tamil slang here sounded so melodious to my ears. This part of Srilanka is less affected by technology. No whatsapp by choice. They prefer Viber. People are very soft spoken and culture driven. They are modest and non-pretentious. No fancy clothing, bungalows, super cars or expensive mobile phones.
I stayed in my friends home, experiencing a home stay.
Places to visit
1. Thinnai beach - Suttle waves caressing the rocks. A walking path way across the coastline to just chill and munch kuruvi vada. It has nice view of a bridge running into the sea (similar to Pamban bridge, TN)
2. Jaffna Fort - A well protected fort surrounded by steep water canal which can drown many people at once if they try to break in.
3. Nallur Kandaswamy Temple - It looked like a normal south Indian Hindu temple from outside. But the moolavar (main statue) was different. It was a Murugan temple with a powerful Aura.
Super fact: Men are not allowed to wear any clothing on their upper body while entering this temple
4. Jaffna Library - A huge world famous library. A part of its collection were burnt due to fire. (I missed to visit this iconic place)
There are several islands and temples you can visit if you are in Jaffna. Travel through ferry which are very cheap or free.