If Sri Lanka is this year’s must-visit holiday destination, then the northernmost city of Jaffna is a not-to-be-missed trove of sights, experiences—and some of the best food on the island.
Which is why foodie blogger Mark Wiens—“I believe when you travel, there’s no better way to connect with people than through food”—lists eating as a top Jaffna pastime.
The latest post on his blog Migrationology—The Top 16 Things to Do in Jaffna, Sri Lanka—features the Hotel Rolex Restaurant. He says: “Jaffna, being the center of Sri Lankan Tamil culture presents a few different Sri Lankan food delicacies and tasty specialties.
“Hotel Rolex is an excellent restaurant to get a satisfying Jaffna style cheap meal! Full rice and curry meals go for just $1 – $2 per person.”
Elsewhere on the blog is the post Sri Lankan Food: 40 of the Island’s Best Dishes, a cornucopia of deliciousness: “Sri Lankans thoroughly love spices, they love food that explodes with flavor, and many enjoy deep fried, and very tasty, snacks. Whatever you choose to eat in Sri Lanka, your mouth is going to rejoice with happiness.”
Back to Jaffna (and food), Mark extols its vaunted mangos: “Of all the things to do in Jaffna, sometimes sitting back and enjoying a few mangoes and just people-watching is one of the most rewarding.
“The area of Jaffna is well known throughout Sri Lanka for its supply and deliciousness of mangoes. In Pettah Market in Colombo, many of the vendors will even tell you they have Jaffna mangoes!”
Meanwhile, Jaffna Causeway also gets an honourable mention: “The northern part of Sri Lanka is made up of small low-lying islands or which Jaffna is connected by causeway. You can walk a little ways down the causeway, take a rickshaw or take a local bus to another island.”
For many visitors, this is a good reason on its own to trek north, and many adventures await intrepid tourists who take to the water to explore these offshore havens of traditional Sri Lankan life.