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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.
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 them have their websites and they provided bookings through International booking service providers too. Nearly all of them had partnered with Booking.com, Agoda and many other International hotel booking service providers. If you have a friend or relative here, then you can ask them to reserve your room through them at the hotel reception desk. Currently only one 4 Star Hotel is available in "Yarlpanam". This is being operated by the Jetwing chain. Currently they have two properties 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 Srilanka by the local and foreign tour operators.
Number of Hotels: Around 40, most of them offer FB & BB.
Price Range: US$ 18 - US$ 400
Room Rating: Single Star to Four Star.
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 Management).
They 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 their rooms. Most hotels are located in the heart of the city. Meanwhile others 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.
Nallur is the most important place and there you can find rooms and private homes that are available for rent. They used to offer European style rooms with bed and breakfast service. If you are going to Nallur Kandaswamy Temple during 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.
Eo 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 food 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. 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.
If you are a Backpacker tourist, take note that the Jaffna town and its surrounding areas, bus center and the railway station are peaceful places but will be deserted during the 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 town or nearby destinations 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.