Day 3: Invitation to LTTE exhibition. Locate place to stay in Jaffna
|Hotel Jaffna Town|
Day 5: Dry Fish at Check Point: LTTE exhibition. A9 Restaurant.
We get the invitation to the LTTE exhibition Say we will have a look on the way back,
Leave early morning as in 6:00 pm. There is no real food around. I was hoping to get thosai.
Get to Pallai (I think) check point. Long lines, its around 7:00 am in the morning. The bus crowd was the reason for the lines. Got thru the lines in about 45 minutes. Then drove to Jaffna town. Drove around checking out various places for quite a while. There was this place on the KKS road, old house, attached outdoor bathroom all what I would like but for whatever reason decided against. Finally checked into place. I cant remember the name. It was just north of the Bus stand, on one of the cross streets off Kasturiya or KKS Road. If anyone recognizes the place from the photo please comment.
|Hotel Jaffna Town|
Cant recall much of the rest of the day, and no photos to jog the memory either.
After breakfast left to go to Nagadipa (Nainathivu). Basically drove thru Kayts, and in Pungutivu (Punkudutivu) stuck to the southern coast roads and on the return journey the northern coast roads. Went thru very small villages and ended up at Kurikadduwan. I am surprised I dont have photos, probably a combination of having to drive, and the gallery comments from companion, who knows.
|Pungutivi and Nainativu (Nagadipa)|
|Inside Ferry to Nagadipa|
The ferry ride was fantastic, just wondered when it would sink. There was a something that looked like a cannon on the top of the of boat. Walked to the Nagadipa Buddhist Temple, 0.5 km or so. The Head of the temple was not there, so no real historical viewpoint. The Buddhist temple appeared to be very modern (rebuilt). Reminded me of Catalina Island (off LA). (Note to self: Do Delft by Bus some day)
|Approach to Nagadipa|
Drove back on the northern side of Pungutivu and stopped at Denzil Kokkekaduwa memorial. Arrived back at the place we were staying. Had a shower and inquired about a place to have a beer or two.
Located this place about a kilometer from where we were staying. Dont know the name of the hotel (again if someone recognizes from photo please comment). Had dinner, a couple of beers and apparently the locals had never seen a woman before, at least the way they behaved (That outlook seems to have changed when I went around in 2011). Normally dont drink and drive but somehow managed to find my way back.
Left after breakfast. I think we got to the Pallai (?) LTTE checkpoint/immigration. Had to deal with why we had 5-10 kg of Dry Fish, were we doing business. Convinced immig that this was to be distributed to friends and family. Was given the ok and headed toward Kilinochi.
Went and had a look at the LTTE exhibition. Various arms, simplistic figures showing tactics as to how positions had been won. I think Elephant Pass was a big one. Most were happy/proud to see we were even interested in looking at the exhibits. I asked if we could take photos and they were happy, no different from any other Sri Lankan. Then a supervisor (or something like that) said they needed to check and it turned out I we were not allowed to take photos within the exhibition. Walked back to the gate and asked again if I take photos. I was told that I could take photos out of the grounds. I hope those whom I spoke to have survived. They were normal average people living in a time and space that was beyond their control.
Headed to the A9 restaurant. The front was parked with UN etc SUV's. Many tables full of people, including some female Tiger cadre in uniform. Now that I think about it, there were no male Tiger cadre in uniform to be seen during the whole trip. Managed to take a photo while pretending it was a photo of someone I was talking to. The food was good, cant recall if it was vegetarian. What I recall was no tip was accepted. Headed back to Apura around 2 pm.