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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 Railway Station is now functioning in full Swing. Passengers can buy train tickets and can reserve their train seats here. Currently it is handling 6 direct Colombo Jaffna trains daily. From August 01st it will handle Jaffna Odysey train service that is special for the Nallur Temple festval season. On 01st of August 2023 there will be a clebration as the Jaffna bound Odyssey train will leave to Colombo. This is a fast train that will be fully air conditioned. The train is expected to have total of 10 compartments where 08 of them will be first class. The other two will be second class ones. The first class compartment will be priced at Rs 4,000 for a Colombo bound passenger.
Its buildings were recently renovated and it houses latest technologies' and facilities for the staff and the passengers. Facilities for the disabled passengers to access it for train travel. You can find Rest rooms here with beds at reasonable price. Sri Lanka passengers can access free Wi-Fi in this railway station area. To connect to the internet through the Smartphones and tablets you need login to the Government webpage. One SLTB bus service is operating from this railway station to the Jaffna city bus stand when the Colombo bound train use to arrive here. Current bus fare is Rs 34/- per passenger. There are private tuk tuk and private hire cars are available at the station entrance. Bargain for the tariff as they don't have Tariff Meters in them.
Lot of three wheels (Tuk Tuk) are operating around this area. You can find them during the Colombo bound trains' arrival time. Before you get in to any of these tuk tuk, ask the price for the journey. Most of these three wheels don't have meters fitted in them. Don't get in to it, without agreeing the price. To reach the Jaffna bus stand, walk along the station road and turn to the right at the first junction at the hospital road. If you walk along this road you will pass Jaffna Government hospital and then about 50 meters onwards, you will see the city bus stand. (Distance about 800 Meters).
To reach Sri Naga Vihara Buddhist Temple and its pilgrims resting complex, once you are out of the station, turn on the right side lane and keep walking in this narrow lane. You will reach Point Pedro road and the railway level crossing, there turn to the right and keep walking on the right side. You can view the temple and the building complex on the left side of it. You can view a small pond called Ariya kulam. (Distance 750 Meters.)
Be there at least 10 minutes before the arrival of your train.
At the entrance ask the "Gate Keeper" on which plat form your train is coming.
Display your ticket and ask on which place your compartment will stay. (In the from, middle or on the rear side)
If the Train is not coming on the Number ONE platform, use the underground passage to reach the other platforms.
Foreign backpackers who are coming to Jaffna need to take note of this. Jaffna railway station may look good place for you to spend your night. But it is not advisable, as it will turn in to a deserted place in the night time. Better to find a cheap hotel or lodge to spend your night safely. You can ask the station master, if there are any rooms available for rent out in the station complex. No incidents were reported in this railway station area, but be cautious.
Passengers can use rest rooms and wash rooms in this station. Canteen facility is too available inside of this station, specially during the time of Colombo bound trains departure time. You can buy snacks and mineral water bottles from the nearby tea shops that are located in front of the railway station. Train tickets can be purchased at the station counter prior to the arrival of the train on the platform. Some Colombo bound trains start from the Jaffna station. While some used to start from the Kankesanthurai station and come over here to continue its journey to Colombo.
Don't try to get out of the station along with the railway track or platform. Use only the manned main gates. Keep your train ticket or Reservation sheet to hand over at the exit gate. It is necessary to have a valid train ticket to enter the platform otherwise buy a platform ticket to send off your friend or relative. Some hotels available at walking distance from the Jaffna Railway Station.
Very kind staffs are available in the station. They can speak English Fluently.
Passengers can buy tickets at the counter before the train's arrival.
You can make advance Train Seat booking (Reservation) for your Colombo bound train seats up to 30Days in advance from here..
Check the notice board as on some dates all the seats may have been completely reserved.