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The rooftop bar at Jetwing hotel
is a spectacular place to watch the
sunset and have a refreshing drink.
At eight stories it is the tallest
building in the city and it offers
sensational panoramic views of
Jaffna. Happy hour runs from 4pm
to 8pm (very happy) and draught
beers are only 200 LKR. There is
also a wide selection of mock tails,
cocktails, wines and snacks.
You might settle in for a few well
earned beverages and decide
to eat dinner on the delightful
rooftop, or return to Mangos (we
won’t judge), but if you’re still
looking for a bit of adventure,
wander down the main street and
there are fantastic local options for
dinner. Hotel Rolex (just past the
bus stand) is a popular option for
cheap eats.
Where to stay
We stayed at D’Villa Garden House
on a nice quiet lane a couple of
kilometres (200 LKR) from the
centre of Jaffna. We had a large
room on the second floor with A/C,
hot water and wifi. The breakfasts
were fantastic – a different mix
of traditional Sri Lankan meals
with tea / coffee and fresh fruit.
Our host Raj was a great guy
with plenty of suggestions about
making the most of your time
in Jaffna.
If you’re looking to splash out a bit
more, check out Jetwing Jaffna,
which is centrally located and very
well appointed. We also liked the
Jaffna Heritage Hotel in Nallur.
How to get there
There are a handful of trains that
leave from Colombo Fort each
morning and arrive in Jaffna in
the afternoon. It takes around 6
hours and the scenery is fantastic
for most of the trip. Tickets range
from 500 to 1000 LKR, and unlike
many trains in Sri Lanka, you need
to make sure to reserve a seat in
advance (even in second class).
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