Jaffna District is the northernmost region of , and one of the oldest inhabited places on the island. It is populated mainly by Tamil speaking people. It is separated from India by the Palk Strait and the Bay of Bengal.
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Notable Places in the Area

is a fort built by the at Jaffna, in 1618 under Phillippe de Oliveira following the Portuguese invasion of Jaffna. Photo: Rehman, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Hindu temple
Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil is a significant Hindu temple, located in , , Sri Lanka. Photo: Thivagaranp, CC BY-SA 3.0.

is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jaffna located in Gurunagar, a suburb of Jaffna in northern .The cathedral is also known locally as Periye Kovil. Photo: Ghostface Buddha, CC BY-SA 2.0.

is a railway station in the city of Jaffna in northern . Photo: Rehman, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Localities in the Area

is an affluent suburb in Jaffna, . It is located 3 km south from Jaffna city centre.

is a suburb in the northern city of Jaffna.

is a village located in the northern of .


9.6651° or 9° 39' 54.3" north
80.0093° or 80° 0' 33.5" east
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7 metres (23 feet)
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Also Known As

  • Arabic: Jaffna
  • Arabic: جافنا
  • Arabic: جفنا (سريلانكا)
  • Arabic: جفنا
  • Belarusian: Джафна
  • Bengali: জাফনা
  • Breton: Jaffna
  • Catalan: Jaffna
  • Chinese: 賈夫納
  • Czech: Jaffna
  • Czech: Jápané
  • Danish: Jaffna
  • Dutch: Jaffna
  • Dutch: Jaffnapatnam
  • Egyptian Spoken Arabic: جافنا
  • English: Jaffna, Sri Lanka
  • Esperanto: Ĝafna
  • Estonian: Jaffna
  • Finnish: Jaffna
  • French: Jaffna
  • Georgian: ჯაფნა
  • German: Jaffna
  • Greek: Τζάφνα
  • Gujarati: જાફના
  • Hausa: Jaffna
  • Hebrew: ג'אפנה
  • Hebrew: ג'פנה
  • Hindi: जाफना
  • Hungarian: Jaffna
  • Indonesian: Jaffna
  • Italian: Jaffna
  • Japanese: ジャフナ
  • Kannada: ಜಾಫ್ನಾ
  • Kannada: ಯಾೞ್ಪ್ಪಾಣಂ
  • Korean: 자프나
  • Latvian: Džafna
  • Lithuanian: Džafna
  • Malay (generic): Jaffna
  • Malayalam: ജാഫ്ന
  • Marathi: जाफना
  • Mingrelian: ჯაფნა
  • Norwegian: Jaffna
  • Norwegian Bokmål: Jaffna
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: Jaffna
  • Occitan (post 1500); Provençal: Jaffna
  • Panjabi: ਜਾਫਨਾ
  • Persian: جافنا
  • Polish: Dżafna
  • Polish: Jaffna
  • Portuguese: Jafanapatão
  • Portuguese: Jaffna
  • Portuguese: Jaffnapatam
  • Portuguese: Yazhpanam
  • Russian: Джафна
  • Santali: ᱡᱟᱯᱷᱱᱟ
  • Scots: Jaffna
  • Serbo-Croatian: Džafna
  • Serbo-Croatian: Jaffna
  • Sinhalese: යාපනය
  • Sinhalese: යාපනේ
  • Spanish: Jaffna
  • Swedish: Jaffna
  • Tamil: யாழ்ப்பாண நகரம்
  • Tamil: யாழ்ப்பாணம்
  • Telugu: జాఫ్నా
  • Thai: จาฟฟ์นา
  • Turkish: Jaffna
  • Ukrainian: Джафна
  • Urdu: جافنا
  • Urdu: جففنا
  • Uzbek: Jafna
  • Uzbek: Vapanaya
  • Uzbek: Yapanaya
  • Veps: Džafn
  • Vietnamese: Jaffna
  • Waray (Philippines): Jaffna
  • Jaffna Town
  • Yalppanam
  • Ժաֆնա
  • ಜಾಫ್ನ

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