During my staff in Jaffna I ventured out of town on a few days. I made a trip to Point Pedro, mainly to see the old, abandoned Saint Anthony’s church and its graveyard, now swamped by sand dunes.
I also ventured to Nainativu island to have a peek at the Hindu temple.
The journey there involves crossing a few causeways linking small, desolate islands off the coast of Jaffna and a final 20 minute ferry ride to Nainativu island. On the way there I stumbled across a Hindu festival and observed the locals give one of the many shrines its annual and highly celebrated outing on a chariot around the temple (photo at the top).
Nainativu itself is practically empty bar the temple, a few shops and houses and a recently built Buddhist temple.
Finally, I also returned to Velanai island and explored the eerily, empty town of Kayts.
Here are a couple of more shots from my outings.
Some recently caught ray on the beach in Point Pedro.
A small shop perched under the shade of palm tree on the outskirts of Jaffna.