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Final stop, second part: Jaffna surroundings

At a Hindu festival on the small island of Pungudutivu, near Jaffna

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.

Graveyard on dunes, Point Pedro

I also ventured to Nainativu island to have a peek at the Hindu temple.

Cow, Nainativu

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. 

Shop, Nainativu

Finally, I also returned to Velanai island and explored the eerily, empty town of Kayts. 

Downtown, Kayts

Here are a couple of more shots from my outings. 

Ray, Point Pedro

Some recently caught ray on the beach in Point Pedro.

Shop under a palm, Jaffna outskirts

A small shop perched under the shade of palm tree on the outskirts of Jaffna. 

Second stop: Trincomalee

Rooster, Trinco

After Batticaloa I headed straight up the coast to Trincomalee, often shortened to Trinco. Trinco is famous for its bay, one the world’s biggest natural harbours. However the government has yet to make much use of it, preferring to develop Colombo harbour and build a whole new harbour in Habentota on borrowed money (which is so far rumoured to be a failure as the bay isn’t deep enough to accommodate the largest ships). 

Trinco is also one of the few tourist destinations on the east coast, the other one being Arugam bay. Most people stay north of the town, either in Uppaveli or further north in Nilaveli. 

During my stay in Uppaveli I quickly got into a routine, relaxing in the morning and shooting in the afternoon when the light wasn’t too harsh and the temperatures more manageable. I often returned to the same part of town with small sandy lanes full of colourful houses mostly inhabited by fishermen and their families. 

Trinco is probably the best place in Sri Lanka to experience beach life. It offers a good range of accommodation, but is not nearly as developed as the beaches on the south-west coast. 

Fishing, Trinco

Trinco's main beach

Gaminee / Kabbadi, Trinco

Fishermen, Trinco

Family on the beach, near Trinco

Crows and a dog, Trinco