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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.
Hotels in Northern Sri Lanka are far different from the ones in the USA or Europe. Jaffna town is not a well developed city like New York City or Tokyo city. It is one of the flourishing new city that is coming out of the ravage that it had from the recently finished war. This city offers plenty of Star class hotels in and around it including a 4 star hotel. There is no shortage for scenic places and of activities such as cycling, hiking; jogging and swimming are waiting for you here. Jaffna town consists of a public market, general hospital, private hospitals, central bus stand, railway station and other important places. Private and Government banks are located in one location surrounded by narrow streets where people, cars, buses, three wheelers, motorcycles and bicycles are rushing in and out of it on any given working day. Sunday and Poyaday are considered as holiday and Government and private shops used to be closed here.
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There are many lodges too available which are well maintained and with plenty of amenities. But all of them are not registered with the authorities even though they operate as like a registered one. Most of them are inside or very close to the town center. While the other hotel and lodges are located nearby small towns and in villages. These places are using 220 V A/C electricity provided by the government supply grid. Although they have their own electricity generators for standby use when there is power interruption from the main grid. You are allowed to charge your mobile phone in your room while other kind electric usage is not allowed. Water is taken from the deep wells that are located in each and every property and it is good for drinking too. If you are too much concerned about the health of yourself and your family, then you can buy bottled mineral water in 5, 1, 0.5 lit size at reasonable price from the hotel management or shops near the hotels vicinity. Popular brand international soft drinks are freely available and you can consume them as cold or at room temperature in which are available small or mega size plastic bottles at standard price. Canned soft drinks too are available for sale.
If you are going to attend any conference or bigger events be prepared to polish your shoes by yourself as there are no professional shoe polishers around the city. Quick laundry service including dry cleaning is available. Private gym and tennis courts too are available if you become as a member with the clubs. Amusement parks are not available around here. So far there is no golf club in the Jaffna district. Hotels in Jaffna are built to cater the visiting business men, foreign tourists and Tamil expatriates who use to come over here to visit their close relatives or to attend their area Hindu temple festivals. Peak time: July to January. If you are bringing children along with you let them bring their own game consoles and books to pass their free time. You can find TV sets in your hotel rooms which are equipped with cable channels and/or satellite channels. Also you can find TV sets in the hotel lounge area too where guests used to gather in the evenings. Here you can check in at any time, check out time may vary according to the hotel management. Many of them keep the checked in time as their check out time. Anyhow confirm this before your arrival or at the time of the bookings.
Breakfast is served in most hotels and its price would have been included with the room tariff, this too should be verified by you during the reservation time. All of them serve you Jaffna lunch and dinner at extra price which is very cheap when compared to European standards. These places are very popular for fresh seafood, vegetables, fruits and dairy products which are available round the year. Normally the lunch consists of steamed rice with Meat, chicken or fish curry along with some vegetable curries.
Most of the hotels offer A/C and non A/C rooms. If the room is not an A/C one then you can expect ceiling fan to be available in your room. You may ask for extra bed or mats and pillows for young children. You can find good swimming pools too but not suitable for deep water diving. Take prevention against mosquitoes and other insects when you are staying in the rooms that are located in the remote areas. When you come out of the motel you can expect mosquito bite 6.00 - 7.00 AM in the mornings and 5.30 - 6.30 PM in the evenings.
Take care while walking or driving as right hand drive is followed here. Most of the vehicles and motor cycles used to travel on the center of the road to avoid accidents. If there is any vehicle coming in the opposite direction, then only they will move to their proper side. Believe it, you can get in traffic Jam caused by bicycles during the school closing time at noon. Sometime 4, 5 cycles will travel in parallel while all the riders will be talking to each others. So don't be confused about the traffic over there. Internet, IDD, postal service, banking and courier services are working perfectly in this area. It is not allowed to send money from here to foreign countries. To send money to foreign countries, you must get special permission from the Central Bank.