The northern peninsula of the island is a colorful palette of culture, cuisine and crafts. The arid landscape is dotted with Palmyrah palms and lagoons shimmering under the glaring sun. The versatile Palmyrah tree has woven itself into day to day life so intricately that the Jaffna residents find it useful in many aspects.
Head for the quiet island of Karainagar with your host to discover the fascinating art of Palmyrah weaving. Your host will take you to a remote village in Karainagar where Palmyrah weaving has become a creative pastime of the village women. Visit the humble aboard of a weaver who has been reviving this fading tradition since decades. Learn about this intricate process starting from spreading out the leaves to dry in the sun to splitting them into thin strips to dying in vibrant colors and finally weaving beautiful crafts. Also, catch a glimpse of the finished products including baskets, hats, wall hangings and boxes. Finally, visit the stunning Casuarina beach, which is located in close proximity to the weavers’ village, and take a swim in the shallow waters. You can even take a leisurely stroll along its shores as the golden sunset turns the silvery sands of Casuarina into coppery dust.
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