We were all sad to leave the beautiful beaches of Trincomalee behind as we headed up the East coast to Jaffna, the northern most town in Sri Lanka. The roads were a lot quieter and the landscape flatter than we had experienced in the rest of Sri Lanka. So much so that the locals are able to use long stretches of the hot tarmac roads to dry their rice before bagging it up for sale. There were herds of cattle meandering along the roads too.
This really is army territory and we passed many army camps and went through numerous road blocks. It is also noticeable the number of Christian churches in addition to the Hindu temples and mosques in the North of the island.
Some of the group headed to the northern most tip, Point Pedro, a small fishing village named after the highest mountain in Sri Lanka, Pidurutalagala.
We are staying in the Jaffna Northgate hotel, opposite the railway station, for just one night before heading south again.