The hotel is a restored family house within an acre of land with large surrounding verandas for guests to lounge comfortably on daybeds and read. The house has six rooms, each located around a central open sky courtyard, that allows the interiors to remain airy and cool even on the hottest Jaffna days.
The dining space is set at the side of the courtyard and is a lovely place to sit in the morning for a hearty Sri Lankan breakfast before a day of exploring. At night, you can sit on the veranda and enjoy delicious Jaffna curries by candlelight.
– Explore the city’s wealth of atmospheric Hindu kovils – there is one on almost every street
– Drive to Point Pedro, the northern most point of Sri Lanka
– Walk the streets of Jaffna to soak in the atmosphere
– Take an Austen or Morris taxi back to your hotel
– Walk around the Dutch Fort in the afternoon and sit on the ramparts overlooking the lagoon for sunset
– Wander around the Jaffna public library, which dates from 1841 but was re-built in 2002 after being damaged in the war
– Take the passenger ferry to Nainativu island to visit the Nagadeepa temple, which is a Buddhist holy site
– Visit the island of Delft, famous for its wild ponies and large baobab tree
For lunch and dinner you can choose from a small western menu or opt for rice and curry, which is very good. Try a Jaffna prawn or crab curry and you won’t be disappointed.