Kilinochchi…… The Hidden Gem of Northern…….

17th December 2019 at Jayanthinagar North Thrift and Credit Cooperative Society, Kilinochchi

Kilinochchi is one of the districts in the North of Sri Lanka which was severely affected by the civil war. The flames of the war have blurred the colourfulness of exclusive Sri Lankan Tamil community so far.

EFECS project identified this district to conduct its pilot project of Tourism Value Chain Development understanding the hundreds of reasons for the development of tourism in this lovely district. Accordingly, the first introductory meeting was conducted in Jayanthinagar with the participation of the around 40 members in Jayanthinagar North Thrift and Credit Cooperative Society on 17th December 2019.

Assistant Commissioner of Kilinochchi, Mr. S.M.Subair attended this session with the Cooperative Development Officer.

EFECS is a joint development project between Développement International Desjardins (DID) of Canada and SANASA International Pvt (Ltd) of Sri Lanka. This project aims to support the development of Small and Medium scale Entrepreneurs (SME’s) in Sri Lanka said Mr. Martin Mailhot, Value Chain Advisor, EFECS Project welcoming the participants at the forum.

Ms. Harshi Abeynayake, Value Chain Officer (Tourism), of the EFECS Project introduced the Tourism Industry and the key clusters of the Tourism Value Chain. She explained that the Beach is one of the key reasons for tourists to visit Sri Lanka and Chudikulam lagoon also the pawn and fishing farms around could attract the tourists to Killinochchi District.

Between 5th century BC and 13th century AD present day Kilinochchi District was part of Rajarata. Much of Kilinochchi District was thereafter part of the pre-colonial Jaffna kingdom.

The district then came under Portuguese, Dutch and British control. In 1815 the British gained control of the entire island of Ceylon. Kalmunei Old Survey Tower in Kilinochchi provides evidences for these historic footprints of affections.

Even Historical Architecture affected by Chola Nationals at the end of Anuradhapura Reign are still visible in this area where Mannithalei ancient kovil is one of the examples said Ms. Harshi Abeynayake.

Among the most colourful temples in the District Kali Kovil Kilinochchi and Puliyam Pokkaleyi God Naga thambiran temple are unique attractions in the District.

Among the unique attractions in Kilinochchi, Iranamadu Tank takes a special place with its long damn construction. The scenic beauty around the tank can be attracted by the local and foreign visitors.

Sri Lanka has a rich wildlife and Chundikulam was nominated as a National Wildlife Park in 2015. This is a very special attraction in Sri Lanka where even during the dry season, you may see lots of birds in the Lagoon.

Therefore, Chundikulam is a live example for one of the best migrant Bird Destinations in Sri Lanka.

The area is full of wild flora and fauna that are special for the dry zone.

Being an Island with miraculous geography, Kilinochchi is the one and only area where a traveler could see the sand hills. Mannithalei sand hills can be recognized as one of the rare geographical setting in the island.

There are lots of activities that can be promoted in Kilinochchi such as Cannoning, Photography, Lake Swimming, Beach volleyball, Cycling and Camping. The sunset in Elephant Pass over the bridge is one of the most attractive things to do for a tourist.

A creative video presentation was conducted after the introductory session for the purpose of providing extra information on the Tourism industry of Sri Lanka.

Implementation Strategy of the Project was briefed by the Value Chain Officer, EFECS project highlighting the requirement of creating 06 groups under the introduced 6As from the area.

The entire session was translated into Tamil by Mr. Vishwanathan Sinthujan, Market Development Officer (Northern Province), EFECS Project.

A group discussion was conducted to understand the existing attractions and possibilities around Jayanthinagar village as a pre-approach to the upcoming village mapping exercise. Many unidentified tourist attractions were revealed by this discussion with the active participation of the society members.

 Ms. Thamatnam Sageny, Women Development Officer, SANASA Uththamavi and Ms. Karthika Somasundaram, Market Extension Officer, SANASA Federation conducted the group discussions to obtain the required information about the village.

Assistant Commissioner Kilinochchi, Cooperative Development Department expressed his fullest cooperation towards the project. “We will conduct a feasibility and sensitivity analysis for this village to understand the tourism opportunities and create a vision for the village in the month of January 2020’’ stated Mr. Vishwanathan Sinthujan concluding the session.