Jaffna is a haven for all culture and history buffs, which has emerged into its own after the unfortunate civil war. Located on the northern tip of the country, this historic and culturally rich town boasts 1448 Hindu temples, some of them illustrating lavish golden arches, followed by the Portuguese built, star-shaped Jaffna fort, several important Buddhist sites, and crumbling colonial villas and museums preserving pre-colonial artefacts. Prior to the Sri Lanka civil war, Jaffna was the second highest inhabited city after the capital, Colombo. Fortunately, things have changed and Jaffna has happily emerged from its days of isolation and past history, welcoming visitors warmly with its many compelling attractions. Wander through its palm-shaded, colonial streets and breathe in the history, heritage and culture of Tamilian Sri Lanka.