Sri Lanka’s north provides a drastic contrast from of rest of the island and is a landscape shaped by its historic locus and a turbulent past. Jaffna and its peninsular were crucial to the Portuguese and Dutch who set up camp in region. The Dutch fort in Jaffna which was complete in 1632 speaks to this period in time, as do many historic remnants, including several churches that can be found in the area, some of which remain intact to this day. The North’s proximity to India also greatly influence its culture, coupled with the districts relative isolation due to civil war, which engulfed the entire locality from 1983 to 2009. Today with life regaining a sense of normalcy, the northern cities are once again being restored to their former glory.Making them easily accessible and affording visitors’ ample opportunity to discover a side of Sri Lanka that endured in the shadows, for far too long.