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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.
Colombo to Jaffna by private vans normally takes around 8 - 10 hours of running depending on the weather and traffic situation. Lot of private vans used to operate between Colombo and Jaffna town. Most of them are driven by the van owners while some of them are driven by private drivers. Vans can be hired with or without air-condition. Vans providing Air condition vehicle are little expensive. These Mini coaches can accommodate around 10 passengers comfortably including one front seat passenger next to the driver. These vehicles come with sliding door for the passenger section with child safety lock. If the van's number plates start with English Letters, then the driver and the front seat passengers must wear seat belts during the journey, which is requested by the local law. Popular van models are Toyota Box model, Dolphin HiAce and Toyota KDH.
|Coach/Van||One way||Return||AC Rate||In Jaffna 8:00 AM - 17:00 PM|
|KDH Coach||Rs 22,000/-||Rs 35,000/-||Included||Rs 8,000/-|
|Dolphine HiAce||Rs 18,000/-||Rs 30,000/-||N/A||Rs 7,500/-|
|Box Model||Rs 19,000/-||Rs 32,000/-||Included||Rs 7,750/-|
You have to pay extra payments according to your days of stay in Jaffna, even if you are not travelling within Jaffna, if the passenger wants to use the Negombo Expressway, then he must pay the toll post fee. All the vans are equipped with stereo sound systems. They can play local radio stations or CD. Ask the driver to select which kind of music you want to listen. Take your own music CD's to enjoy the music while you are travelling to Jaffna.
These Jaffna bound drivers know good resting places on the route to get snacks, soft drinks, coconut drinks, breakfast, lunch and dinner servicing places.
Likewise if you want to relax during the trip you can ask them to stop at any convenient places you may like to stop. If you don't have any idea about the places that you want to visit in the Northern Province, tell the driver about it. He will plan route and the places for you to visit.
Drivers will manage their own accommodation while staying in Jaffna. Your hotel management too may offer them cheap driver rooms. In the private homes in Jaffna, small sized drivers' quarters too are available.
During the Nallur Murugan Temple festival and Tamil New Year period, there used to be a big demand for the Jaffna bound van hire services. During these days if you are booking any vans, check whether your driver had enough sleep and rest. If you see the driver to be douse while driving, ask the driver to stop the vehicle on the road side and allow him to have some rest.
Let him drink enough dark coffee. At some places, day time running may come under heavy traffic. But the driver will have good visibility. Night time travelling may be cool, fast and comfortable. The driver may have poor visibility, so you too have an eye on the oncoming traffic.