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Jaffna Railway Station.

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Nagapoosani Amman Temple

Jaffna railway station is the largest station complex in the Northern Province and it used to handle thousands of passengers who are travelling between Jaffna and Colombo every day. It is not a busy station except for the time of Colombo bound trains arrival and departure times. It is located in the Jaffna city, at the end of the Martin road which part is called as station road from the junction of Hospital road.

The station is fully developed one with all the latest technologies' and facilities. Even it got access facilities for the benefit of the disabled passengers. In the station you can find rooms for rest at reasonable price. Local people coming to this station can access free Wi-Fi in this area to connect to the internet through their Smartphones and tablets. There is bus service operating from this railway station to the Jaffna city bus stand when the Colombo bound train used to arrive here. Lot of three wheels (Tuk - Tuk) are operating in this area during the Colombo bound train arrival times, for you to hire. Before you get in to any of these three wheel to go to your place, first ask the price as they don't have meters fitted in the three wheels.

To reach Jaffna bus stand walk along the station road and turn to the right at the first junction of the hospital road. If you walk along this road you will pass Jaffna Government hospital and then about 50 Mts onwards you will see the city bus stand. (Distance 800 Meters).

To reach the Sri Naga Vihara Buddhist Temple and its pilgrims resting complex, where Sinhala people used to stay, once you are out of the station, turn on the right side and keep walking in this narrow lane. You will reach Point Pedro road and the railway level crossing, there turn to the right and keep walking on the right side you can see the temple and the building complex and on the left side of it you will see a small pond called Ariya kulam. (Distance 750 Meters.)

Notice to the foreign backpackers who are coming to Jaffna. Jaffna railway station may seem good place for you to spend your night, but it is not advisable as it will turn in to a deserted place in the night. So find a cheap hotel or lodge to spend your night safely. No incidents were reported in this area but be cautious.

As of 2017, passengers can use rest rooms and wash rooms in this station. Canteen facility is available in this station, specially during the time of Colombo bound trains departure time. You can buy snacks and mineral water bottles from the nearby tea shops that are located in front of the railway station. Train tickets can be purchased at the station counter prior to the arrival of the train on the platform. Some Colombo bound trains start from the Jaffna station while some used to come over here from the Kankesanthurai station.

Don't try to get out of the station along with the railway track. Use only the manned main gates. It is necessary to have a valid train ticket to enter the platform otherwise buy a platform ticket to send off your friend or relative. There are some hotels available at walking distance for you to stay.

In this train station you can make advance booking (Reservation) for your Colombo bound train seats. Before to do this, check the notice board as on some dates all the seats used to be completly reserved.. The tickets will carry the same price for Colombo and other station when you make reservation. Say Colombo third class ticket price is Rs 350/-, then the price to Vavuniya too will be Rs 350/- when you reserve your train ticket.

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