In Jaffna one must eat its famous prawns, dosai (served on a banana palm leaf in the small kades or local food outlets), jaggery and vadai – in my view the best in Sri Lanka. Vadai is a traditional Tamil speciality – a delicious snack made from ground corn, lentils and spices, deep fried in oil, normally served with dried chillies. During my stay I sampled many vadai and upon return to Colombo have sampled many more, but one particular small vendor in Jaffna stands out from the rest.

Jaffna mangoes are the best I’ve ever eaten. They always seem to taste the best eaten in Jaffna itself with the juices running down ones arms to the elbows.