Northern Province, Sri Lanka: Travel Tourist Information Guide
This region had always been closer to southern India than to Colombo as it was repeatedly settled and invaded by Tamil migrants from southern India which led to a unique character and culture. There is a huge resemblance between the South of India and Northern Province in terms of culture, behaviour, manner, food and music. Northern Province was temporarily merged with the Eastern Province to form the North Eastern Province between 1988 and 2006. The capital of the province is Jaffna. This province experienced the majority of the Sri Lankan Civil war. This area is noticeably poorer than the rest of Sri Lanka due to the civil war. With the recent investments and developments to the region, this area has become an important tourist attraction after a 30 year civil war. There are also some unsafe areas that have yet to be cleared of mines. The Northern Province tends to be hot and dry in the dry season which is from February to September; and moderately cool and wet in the wet season which is from October to January. The main cities are Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mannar.