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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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Jaffna Hotels are in big demand as lots of tourists are willing to spend their holidays here after touring in the South beaches and the hill county. 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.
When you are going to visit Jaffna, it is better to carry your vaccination card with you.You should have got Two Doses vaccinations against COVID-19. It can be your vaccination card or photo image of it in your Smartphone. In addition to it, it is necessary for you to wear facemask, use sanitizer on hands. Also you must maintain social distancing of at least one meter from nearby people in public places. Failure to follow these instructions will land you in prosecution. Social gathering is strictly prohibited or limited including in Jaffna to prevent Corona virus spreading.
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Colombo Airport was re-opened in 2021. Visiting Tourists will be given preference at this Airport.
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In this year 2022, no more on arrival entry visas are available for the visitors at the Colombo airport.
Number of Hotels: Around 40, most of them offer FB and BB.
Hotel Room Price: US$ 18 - US$ 400 (Suggested)
Star Rating: Single Star to Four Stars.
Accommodation Type: Suites, Double Rooms and Single Rooms.
Facilities: Reception desk, Free Wi-Fi, Free Parking. A/C, Restaurant, Bar, TV, swimming pool, Transport, and many more facilities are offered.
Check in and Checkout Time: Normally 12:00 Noon (Otherwise stated by the Hotel Management).
Rooms are provided with A/C or ceiling fans, hot water shower, and internet and 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 low cost room facility for your driver with meals
Nallur Temple is the most important place in Jaffna District and 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.
To reach Jaffna there is Government A/C Trains, Good Roads to use Bus service cars, vans and motorbikes transport and there are regular flight services operating between Colombo and Jaffna at affordable price.
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.
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. 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 facilities. Pharmacies won't provide medicines without a doctor's prescription. Health wise this is a good place to visit.
As a Backpacker 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 during night time. Nearly all the public places will be deserted by 9:00 pm in the night. So find a cheaper place to spend your nights while you are staying in the Jaffna 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.