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Images of Kilinochchi
Kilinochchi for the most part is remembered by the rest of the world as a war torn town. But don't let this image stop you from visiting the town as it's also home to a few beautiful lagoons and food specialities such as the bees honey.
Ever since the end of the war Kilinochchi has gone through an infrastructure transformation and is on the verge of becoming a major hub, like the Jaffna town. As the town goes through a major revamp there are still some monuments that give us a glimpse into its chaotic history such as the big water tank that was blown up during the war cutting water supply to the inhabitants.
The town is easily accessible as it's on the A9 route and is also close to other historical and culturally significant towns such as Mullaithivu and Jaffna.
Getting into Kilinochchi
Kilinochchi is easily accessible by either train, bus or a private vehicle. Since the construction of the Kilinochchi railway station there are several direct trains and buses that leave from Colombo. Check www.eservices.railway.gov.lk/schedule/ for more information on train schedules. If you are travelling to Killinochi from the airport itself then contact hire either a cab or a van. Check www.airport.lk/getting-arround/taxi-rates.php for more information on cab rates.
Getting around Kilinochchi
Most Sri Lankans travel around cities and towns by tuk tuk aka three wheelers. Note that it's a rule of thumb to fix the price before getting into a tuk tuk to avoid paying more than required unless of course the tuk has a meter. It will also help if you can ask locals how much it’s to get to your destination just to be sure you are paying the right amount. Having said that you can also travel by bus which is the most affordable way and you can ask locals to help you. The bus conductors will also be able to help you in any way that they can. Make sure you have small change in the form of coins and notes when going by bus instead of large notes. For example Rs.50, 20, 10 and a few coins.
Where to go and things to do in Kilinochchi
Although it may seem like there is nothing much to do in Kilinochchi there are a handful of places that are worth the visit such as the Iranamadu Water Tank. Scroll above and click on our 'What to see' section to discover and explore more of Killinochi.