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Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 06.48 GMT
North, a hot spot for local tourists


Over 12.5 million tourists have visited Jaffna following the end of the conflict in 2009.

During the month of August alone, around 100,000 tourists have visited Jaffna. An estimated 10,000 vehicles have entered the city during the month until the last weekend, Sri Lanka Army statistics showed.

School vacation, end of the Advanced Level examination and the feast of Kandasami Hindu temple in Nallur, Jaffna, are mainly the reasons for the increased visitors' arrivals this month, the Army said.

The other attractions in the area for the local tourists are the Casuarina beach, Keerimalai Lagoon, library, Jaffna Fort, and the Jaffna railway station.

Entry to Jaffna peninsula was strictly restricted to the civilians for many decades due to the conflict. Although liberated in 1995 access to the district remained restricted with inadequate facilities for visitors.

However, following the end of the conflict in 2009, the government has set in motion an ambitious development program under its Northern Spring program to revive the district to its past glory.

One of the main developments is the opening of the A-9 main highway that connects the peninsula to the main land.
The highway was heavily mined during the period the terrorists controlled the North and after the end of the conflict the government demined and opened the road for general travel.






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