Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, and Puthukkudiyiruppu - these are the names of towns on the north-east coast of the Sri Lanka which were strongholds of Tamil Tigers or LTTE before 2009 when Sri Lankan army started a full scale war killing LTTE chief Prabhakaran. The war has resulted into the death of 100,000 people.
Now, when the three towns are under Sri Lankan army, hundreds of tourists are flocking to these places to get their pictures clicked with the scores of war memorials raised by the army.
Puthukkudiyiruppu is the place where the headquarter of Prabhakaran was located and attracts around 3000 tourists in a day. Here one can find the house which was transformed in to a four-level underground bunker, carved out of rock. The house has very thick walls and bulletproof doors which protected Prabhakaran for months during the war. It also had an underground vehicle entrance, where the Tiger leader could enter unnoticed according to Amnesty International blog.
Visitors never forget to make a trip to other towns like Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi, where the government has installed massive victory monuments. At Mullaitivu one can spot Farah 3 ship, which was held captive by the LTTE when its engine developed a snag near their stronghold in 2006.
All its equipment, including radio communication and navigational equipment, have been romoved by the LTTE, for their operations. The ship has been further dismantled and the metal was used to build other war weapons. Later, the Tigers used it as their watch tower to attack on Sri Lankan forces.
For the sake of visiting tourists, reports say, that the government has created many luxury tourist guest houses. However, as reported by The Times of India, the locals of these towns are still leading a miserable life even after fours years of war. They are not happy with the place being converted into hot tourist spot as they consider it an insult to their dear and near ones killed during the war.