For all who love a good vacation with a touch of color and culture, Jaffna should very well be on your Sri Lankan travel itinerary this September. Not only is there the sun, sand and surf to enjoy, but also a rich culture of historic significance and pious worship.

Jaffna is a predominantly Hindu area in the island’s north and is home to many Hindu temples known as ‘Kovils’. There are many festivals celebrated throughout the year in these kovils, and in September, the most celebrated festivities are at the Vallipuram Alvar Vishnu Kovil. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the kovil is situated in Vadamaarachchi and is considered one of the oldest existing temples in Jaffna.

Lord Vishnu is the second God in the Hindu Trimurti which consists of Gods responsible for the Creation, Upkeep and Destruction of the world. Tales of yore that speak of Lord Vishnu’s divine intervention in the establishment of the temple are passed on from generation to generation and even today, draw devotees who seek the deity’s favor.

This year the Vallipuram Alvar Vishnu Kovil’s annual festival celebrations take place from the 22nd of September to the 2nd of October and will see devotees in their thousands flocking to the temple. The festivities will include poojas, offerings, processions, dances and various acts of devotion that will be worth experiencing.

Book your stay at a new hotel in Jaffna, The Thinnai, to round off the entire experience. The All Suite Boutique Hotel is the true epitome of Jaffna hospitality and beauty, providing a homely atmosphere complete with every comfort.

There’s always something to look forward to in Jaffna, and it’s a trip one must make at least once in your lifetime.