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Traveling to Nainativu (Nagadeepa).

Nainativu (Nagadeepa) is a small island of 10 KM stretch. Travelling to Nainativu Island (Nagadeepa in Sinhala) is possible first by land and then by boat. This is a hot sandy island which gets rain during the months of November till January.
It is popular among the Hindu devotees for the Nagapoosani Amman Temple. The island is also popular among the Sinhala people for the Nagadeepa Raja Maha Viharaya (Naga viharai in Tamil). Also there is one mosque for the Muslim people in this island.

If you have your own vehicle reach the Jaffna post office and from there take the right side road which will pass the Pannai sea, then Mandaitivu junction, passing Mangumpan village and in the coming junction you must look for the sign board Kurikadduvan Jetty and then on the way you will pass Velanai Junction and here too you must look for the sign board (most of the sign board from Jaffna will direct you to turn on the left side to travel to Kurikadduvan Jetty) and then you will pass the Pungudutivu sea and the road will lead you to Kurikadduvan Jetty where you can park your vehicle and can get the boat service to the Nainativu.

Also from the Jaffna town you can take a Government or private busses (42 seats) which are running regularly to Kurikadduvan Jetty.

The bus fare is about Rs 78/- per person where the trip will go through good roads and the travelling may take nearly 1 hour to reach the jetty.

From there you can take boats that are too running regular intervals.

At the Jetty.

One boat with capacity for 300 passengers operates between the island can carry passengers in the well covered upper deck and lower deck with comfortable seats will charge Rs 50/- per head one way. Passengers are allowed to stand too in this boat. Likewise small boats too are operating with wood bench seating and standing for a ticket fee of Rs.30/- per person. The sea travel may take between 20 - 30 minutes if the weather is calm. It is compulsory for the passengers to wear life Jackets during the journey and it will be provided by the boat operators.

Sri Lanka Navy personal used to assist passengers in the boat travelling where small boat passengers must wear provided life jackets before boarding the boat.

In the Nainativu island.

There is one Government bus running in the island. It starts from the jetty and goes by the Buddhist vihara up to the Muslim mosque.

Also you can find many three wheelers (auto) available for hire.

Bicycle and motorcycles are popular transport mode for the residents of the island.

What to take with you to the Nainativu Island?

During the Nagapooshani Ammman Temple's Annual Temple Chariot festival day hundreds of thousands of people used to visit here.

So take much care to travel on this date.

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