Monday, February 1, 2010

Jaffna – The Potential Tourist Destination

The Jaffna peninsula, known as a war zone for over three decades due to the war will soon be Sri Lanka's tourist hub in the North. The entire North is blessed with natural beauty, a source for tourist attraction. Sri Lanka Tourism plans to develop tourist locations in the peninsula on a massive tourist project designed to the North. They said the Jaffna Lagoon area was a natural scenic beauty that could attract tourists from all parts of the globe. Sources added the natural beaches around the peninsula and sunny areas around Chavakachcheri and other parts were sure attracting tourists from the West who aspire sun bathing. Under the northern tourist development project a number of new hotels are likely to be constructed with the work scheduled to kick off before the end of this year.

Over 500 people visit Jaffna daily from various parts of the country with the dawn of peace. With the opening of the A-9 road for the public, the number of tourists visiting Jaffna has increased rapidly. In years to come tourists will not only arrive by road and air, but the ferries will also increase.

When I spoke to several investors, who are very keen to invest in the hotel and tourism industry in Jaffna peninsula. Most said there are no Star Class hotels in Jaffna and considering the opportunity the investors are ready to set up Star Class hotels. It is a niche market for and since it is in the pre-mature stage, it is the ideal time to enter into the market, they said.

At present the investors are conducting market surveys in the tourism and hotel industry for a lucrative tourism industry in Sri Lanka.

Jaffna is a resource land, which was untouched for the past three decades and it is vital to adopt the concept of being green since it is timely to have a sustained tourism in the country. Another investor said Asian tourists have shown a huge interest in exploring the country and regional tourism was not much affected even during the global economic downturn.

“It is essential to highlight novel concepts, activities and diversifications such as eco-tourism, adventure tourism, beaches, surfing, snorkelling, wildlife, ancient city exploring, food, shopping, religious backgrounds, cultural events and ayurvedic medicaments,” he said.

“Through the increased developments in these medium and long-term investments of the resorts, inns, restaurants and hotels, it would expand the Gross Domestic Production (GDP), foreign exchange earnings, and job opportunities within the area and as a result the per capita income of the people will also increase substantially.

Tourist Attractions in Jaffna

There are several Tourist Attractions in Jaffna which are a must visit when you are in this city. The city is renowned for its various places of interest. Visitors from not just the country but from around the world come here every year. Due to the large number of tourists and travellers coming in, various accommodation options are available here for your convenience. Watching the various Tourist Attractions in Jaffna will be an unforgettable experience for you and your family.

Nallur Temple, Jaffna:
The Nallur Temple in Jaffna is a Hindu temple which is highly frequented by the Tamils residing in this place. The people worship Lord Murugan in this temple. This shrine is set in Nallur in Jaffna. A temple car festival is held here.

Selva Sannithi Temple, Jaffna:
The Selva Sannithi Temple is one of the well known shrines in this place. People from various castes and sects come here to worship. This temple is among the famous Jaffna Tourist Attractions.

Nagapoosani Temple (Nainatheevu), Jaffna:
The Nagapoosani Temple (Nainatheevu) is a must visit while Sightseeing in Jaffna. Yearly festivals take place here and Hindu worshipers from the nearby areas flock to this place to pray. This ancient temple is resided by a 5 headed cobra. This shrine was constructed by the Nagas. The Nagapoosani Temple (Nainatheevu) in Jaffna was built to worship the Serpent God.

Jaffna Library, Jaffna:
The Jaffna library is a public library which houses several books on Sri Lanka. You will find many rare books and articles in this library. The Jaffna Library in Jaffna was set on fire by a Singhalese crowd in the year 1981. This was due to the ethnic tensions in the country of Sri Lanka. This library was refurbished in the year 2003 by the Sri Lankan government.

Transportation in Jaffna is well connected. You can avail various local modes of transport like buses, cars and autos to travel to different parts of Jaffna. The prices charged are quite affordable. The Tourist Attractions in Jaffna can be conveniently visited by the travellers and tourists due to the good transport system of this country.

With the rapid development projects that are being carried by the Government will help the investors to launch their business in the Northern Province.


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