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Nallur Kandasamy Temple is one of the popular places in Jaffna where lot of people visit here daily for to offer prayers to Lord Muruga.
Nainatheevu is an Island with worshiping places which were built in the ancient times. It is called Nagadeepa in Sinhala.
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Hotels in Jaffna are in big demand as lots of tourists are visiting here to spend their holidays. They used to come here after touring in the South beaches and the hill country of Sri Lanka. Peak level Tourists arrival used to take place during the Nallur Murugan Temple Festival every year. Rooms can be booked through online facility, email and over the phone. Many of the hotels and guest houses have their own websites and provide bookings along with the booking service providers. Nearly all of them have partnered with Booking.com, Agoda and many other International hotel booking service providers. If you have a friend or relative in Jaffna, then ask them to reserve room for you at the hotel reception desk. Currently only one 4 Star Hotel is available in "Yarlpanam". It is being operated by the Jetwing Hotel chain where they have two Hotels in this town. Lots of foreign tourists are visiting this town regularly to spend their holidays every year. Now it is placed as one of the top tourist destination in Sri Lanka by the local and foreign tour operators. In March 2023 IMF had granted Money for the Sri Lanka to recover from the current economic crissis.
Already Colombo Jaffna direct Train service is going as usual. Also from today (01/08/2023) New Train services on this Colombo Jaffna Train route.
Passengers can use the online ticket reservation system for this journey.
For the Nallur Temple festival a special train with the name Jaffna Nila will be introduced in this month on the Jaffna route.
Ratmalana (Colombo) to Jaffna Flight Ticket Price Rs 22,000/- (One way with 7 kilos lugguage)
Already the Colombo Jaffna bus ticket price had gone up to Rs 3,000/- for oneway only after the Nothern train line renovation work. In the meantime Sri Lanka Rupees had gained against the American Dollar and it is trading around Rs 311 - 318. It is a good sign as cost of living may come down by the month of April 2023. Already meals prices had been reduced in Jaffna.
Colombo to Jaffna train service is interupted near to Anuradhapura. The full strech train service is expected to be available from January 2024.
Ferry service between Karaikkal (Pondicherry) and KKS (Jaffna) will be in operation fom April 29, 2023.
Ferry service ticket Price: US$ 50 - one way.
Baggage allowence: 100 kg per passenger
Ferry's Passenger Capacity: 150 passengers
One way Journey Duration: 4 hours (Karaikal Port to KKS) Ferry will operate only in day time.. No Night time operations.
Number of Hotels in Jaffna: Around 40. Most of these Hotels offer FB and BB for their guests.
Room Rent: US$ 18 - US$ 400 (Suggested Price)
Star Rating: Single Star to Four Star hotels are available in the Jaffna District.
Hotel accommodation type: Suites, Family Rooms, Double Rooms and Single Rooms.
Facilities: 24 Hour Reception desks, Fully Air conditioned, TV with satellite Channels, Intercom, Refrigerator, Attached Bathroom with Hot Water Shower, Same Day Laundry Service, Free Wi-Fi, Free Parking. Restaurant, Bar, Swimming pool, Transport, and many more facilities are offered.
Checkout Time: Normally 12:00 Noon (If otherwise stated by the Hotel Management).
Mobile Phone: GSM
Rooms are provided with A/C or ceiling fans, hot water shower, and internet with Free Wi-Fi services. Also you can get room services, breakfast, Restaurant, IDD telephone and with many other services. Guest Houses, Home Stay and Motels too offer them. Before going to book your room, check for the available facilities in those rooms. Most hotels are located in the heart of the city. Meanwhile many other Hotels are located outside of the city. Motels too are available here, where you can find ample parking facility along with room facility for your driver with meals
Nallur Temple is the most important place in the Jaffna District. Around there you can find rooms and private homes that are provided on rent. Many of them offer European style accommodation with bed and breakfast service. Going to visit Nallur Kandaswamy Temple during the festival season, book your rooms early, as lot of foreigners makes their early booking here. Hotels offer transport service with A/C and Non A/C Japanese cars and mini coaches on Km per charge. You can find self drive Japanese cars and vans for you to travel around the area from your location. Vehicles are available on daily rental basis with or without a driver.
Transport in Jaffna.
Colombo - Jaffna direct train service will be interupted till May 2023 due to rail track maintenance work between Mahawa station and and Omanthai station. Colombo trains will travel up to Anuradhapura. In addition Sri Devi train will operate between Omanthai and Jaffna. To reach Jaffna there is Government A/C Trains, good roads to use Bus service cars, vans and motorbikes transport. In addition there are flight and Helicopter services operating between Colombo and Jaffna at affordable price. In the meantime cycling is the best transport option in this year 2023 as there is fuel shortage here. Also Public busses and private busses are operating in side of the Jaffna District. Three Wheels (Tuk Tuk ) too are available for rent in Jaffna. Before to board any of the tuk tuk, ask the price from the driver. Jaffna Tuk Tuk driver's don't use tariff meter. They want grab as much money from the passenger. Meanwhile online train seat booking (Reservation) facility will not allow you to reserve seats on the Jaffna Train line till January 2024.
Best way to travel to Jaffna is to hire your own Car in Colombo. Normally it is priced around Rs 5,0000/- up to Rs 6,000/- per day. This way most of the Tamil People coming from overseas used to travel to Jaffna. Normally it will take around 6 hours on a sunny day.
Visitors can get vegetarian and Non-vegetarian meals from their hosts. Most of the people reside here are Tamil Hindus and they don't eat non-veg meals around the month of August as they used to celebrate their local temple festivals. Top class restaurants can offer you Eastern, Western and popular Sri Lanka dishes in good atmosphere. Dishes made with fresh vegetables, freshly brought seafood and meat too can be enjoyed here. Look for tasty local fresh fruits that are specialty of this area. You can get freshly catched sea food from your host, if you place your requirements in advance. Currently one loaf of bread is selling around Rs 200/-
Take precautions against mosquitoes. People here used to drink water drawn from the deep wells. The water in this region is healthy but it is with high calcium content level. You can use bottled mineral water which are available from nearby shops. Also American bottled and canned soft drinks are available for sale here. There are some private hospitals with all the latest facilities. Take note that the pharmacies in Sri Lanka won't provide medicines without a doctor's prescription. Health wise Jaffna is a good place to visit without any fear.
Backpackers to Jaffna.
As a Backpacker do you want to visit Northern Sri Lanka? Take note that the Jaffna town and its surrounding areas, bus center and the railway station are peaceful places but will be deserted places during the night time. Nearly all the public places will be deserted by 9:00 pm in the night around the Jaffna time. So find a cheaper place to spend your nights while you are staying in the town or nearby places in this district. So far no complaints are lodged with the police about any attacks on foreign tourists specially the Backpackers. Check with the local YMCA management for room facilities, while you are here as a Backpacker.
Pungudutivu Kannakai Amman Temple Kumbabishekam was held on 26/06/2023 So from 2024 the temple will have its annual festival. On the day of the Kumbabishekam hundreds iof thousands of people specially from foreign countries had visited here.
Official Tourism website.