Kankesanthurai Beach (KKS Beach) in Northern Sri Lanka

KKS Beach or Kankesanthurai Beach, is a very attractive coastal area in the Jaffna District of Sri Lanka. belongs to the Northern Province, close to the small town of Kankesanthurai. KKS Beach is considered one of the best beaches in the northern part of the island.

Most of the beaches are situated in the southern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. But you won’t find such beaches in the northern areas. Kankesanthurai Beach is a must-visit place if you are seeking the best places to travel in the Jaffna area.


Location of the KKS Beach:

The distance to KKS beach from Colombo is 373km. It takes 8 hours and 30 minutes to reach there by bus or train. But it can reduce the time if you can reach there by car or van. However, the distance from Jaffna is nearly 20 km. This normally takes 30 minutes to reach. Travelling to Kankesanthurai by train is another nice experience to take. You can book the “Yal Devi” train from the Colombo Fort.


Climate of Kankesanthurai:

Kankesanthurai and the surrounding area are hotter than other places in the country. The annual average temperature is about 29C. The place receives an annual rainfall of between 1250 mm and 1500 mm. The September to December period is considered the rainy season. Most of the months are rainless periods. It is an ideal place for those who love hot and humid weather.


The beauty of KKS Beach

The place is managed by the Sri Lanka Navy. They have a camp near the beach. It is a marvelous beach with clear water. It is great for family get-outs. You can walk a long distance towards the sea without sinking. Therefore, this is a great place to bathe and swim for anyone.

There is a big lighthouse near the beach. It generates great views that are awesome to capture with a camera. You can see colorful pictures in the mornings and evenings along with sunsets and sunrises. The beach is surrounded by palm trees, which cover the majority of the area. Swimming, jumping, and catching fish are some of the major activities that you can do at Kankesathurai Beach. As well, you can arrange a boat trip to the deep sea.

Normally, it is a less crowded place. You have enough space to enjoy and relax. There are some sellers around the beach. You can buy essential things from those vendors.


Our Trip to Kankesanthurai Beach

We were lucky to visit this beautiful place. We participated in a funeral in Jaffna in 2019. After the funeral, we planned to go to KKS Beach. Our team combined with 50 members and all agreed to visit. We should be able to get to the beach by 2 p.m.

It was a very hot day, which motivated us to bathe. We stayed and enjoyed ourselves for two hours by doing swimming and other water activities. There was an old well that helped us bathe after the beach activities. We walked all around the beach and took some nice photographs. We later thought that we should visit KKS Beach again.


Other Places to Visit in Jaffna

  • Jaffna Fort
  • Nallur Kovil
  • Jaffna Library
  • Naagadeepa Purana Viharaya
  • Casuarina Beach

(Cover Image Credit: stephiwimalasinghe from Facebook)


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