1 Our Lady of Madhu
Pilgrims of all faiths flock to this remote church to pay homage to the miracle-working statue of Our Lady of Madhu, said to protect against snakebite and other dangers.
Quite unlike anywhere else in the island, the vibrant city of Jaffna offers a fascinating insight into Sri Lankan Tamil culture, as well as many intriguing reminders of its colonial and wartime past.
3 Nallur Kandaswamy Temple and Festival
Sri Lanka’s finest Hindu temple, and home to the north’s largest and longest festival – a 25-day extravaganza of colour, ceremony and spectacle.
4 Jaffna Peninsula
The fertile peninsula is home to myriad contrasting sights, from sand dunes and sacred springs to abandoned villages and war-torn temples.
5 The islands
Splintering off the tip of the Jaffna Peninsula, the starkly beautiful islands of Kayts, Karaitivu, Nainativu and Delft are a world away from the rest of Sri Lanka, home to little-visited Hindu temples, colonial forts and remote beaches.