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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 to Kataragama (Kathirgamam) can be reached through land routes including Expressways. People can travel from Jaffna Railway Station upto Matara by train and then can continue their journey by road by public bus service. They can catch the bus service from the bus stand in the Matara Town. The new Expressway allows quick reach to Kataragama from Colombo City. Newly constructed Sounthern Expressway extension will allow you travel near to Kataragam town. If you go from Kottawa it will take 3.5 hours to reach Kataragama area throuhg the Southern Expressway. Currently there is two service area only available on one side of tha Expressway.So in this year 2022 you can reach Kataragama by around 6 hours by using the Colombo Expressways.
Most travelers to Kataragama used to travel by minicoaches abd cars on the Kaduwela - Mattala expresway. It takes around 4 - 5 hours and they can return by evening or by night.
Recently a new Railway track had been constructed up to Kataragama and a test run too was made. So in the near future you can travel from Jaffna to Kataragam by train. The new railway line (Phase - 1) from Matara to Beliatta (Cost - US$278 million). This new 27-kilometer railway line has 5 stations and 2 sub lines. On this train route there are 14 bridges, flyovers and 14 subway crossings. Also the Kataragama train will pass through Sri Lanka’s longest rail tunnel a 615 meters long tunnel between Naakuttigama to Kekanadura railway stations. Offical Test Train Run: 06th january 2019. (Top Speed 120 Km/h)
Main railway stations: Kekunadura, Bambarenda, Wewrukannala and Beliatta. Sub stations: Piladuwa and Veherahena
There are plenty star class hotels and guest houses are available near to the Kataragama temple area. Any how BOC Guest Hose, Lake House Guest House and Hindu Pilgrims Rest are the popular ones with the local pilgrims. Make your bookings through the online service and confirm it through phone call. It is very difficult to reserve rooms around New Year, Poya Days and Kataragama Temple Festival days. Also Pilgrims can reserve their rooms through the Hindu Affairs Ministry at Bambalapitiya for the Hindu Rest. It got simple double rooms, Group pilgrims staying hall and A/C Rooms Most of the guest houses need advance booking specially during the Festival season. Also there is a vegetarian Resturant too available in this place.
During the Kataragam Festival days, Saturdays, Sundays and Poya days, and on long Holidays, this shrine used to get lot of visitors. So make your bookings early as possible, before you reach the Temple complex. Otherwise you may have to pay large sum of money to star hotels and other lodges. Many people do stop their vans in comfortable places and used to sleep in them.
There are plenty of restaurants and bakery are available around this area. Vegetarian food is served at the Hindu rest canteen, three times a day at affordable price. At the Deivanai Amman temple, and Valli Amman temple, they used to provide free lunch, which is called "Annathanam" in Tamil. It is better to inform these Temple authorities early, so they can prepare meals for you or to your group of people. Many guest houses allow the visitors to cook their meals in the common kitchen.