How to Reach Jaffna

Jaffna Tourism

Jaffna Tourism

Reach Jaffna by Air: Tourists can get to Jaffna by taking a flight from Colombo to Palali, which is the airport of Jaffna. There are no direct flights to Jaffna from outside Sri Lanka. Palali airport is 17 km north of Jaffna.

Reach Jaffna by Train: Trains are the cheapest and perhaps the best way to see Sri Lanka. There are several trains for tourists from Colombo to Vanuniya, from where travellers need to take a bus. There are frequent buses from Vavuniya to Jaffna and it takes around 3.5-4 hours.

The train station of Jaffna and the railway line got destroyed during the civil war and is being rebuilt by Sri Lanka government post the civil war.

Reach Jaffna by Road: Travellers can use central transport board buses and private buses to travel from Colombo to Jaffna (404 km) by A3 main road. Travel cost by bus varies from 900 Rupees (Sri Lankan) onwards for a person. It takes 9-10 hours for tourists to reach Jaffna. All direct bus services leave Jaffna early in the morning; the return service leave from Colombo at around 10 am. Once in Jaffna there are several modes of transport for tourists.

Distances of Jaffna from major cities

Shopping in Jaffna: Shopping in Jaffna is a great fun . Jaffna houses departmental stores, souvenir shops, flea markets, craft markets, gift shops and swanky shopping malls. A wide variety of goods ranging from jewelry, handicrafts, clothes, gift items to souvenirs can be purchased from many bazaars lining the streets in Jaffna. The handicrafts markets in Jaffna offer unique products, such as baskets and beautiful artifacts made from palmyrah palm trees, not found in other parts of Sri Lanka. Jaffna offers many open-air flea markets where the tourists can buy goods at very cheap prices.

Travel within Jaffna: The best option for tourists is take a taxi/cab to travel to various tourist attractions in and around Jaffna. The cabs cost around Rs 3000 for 100 km and a full day trip in the area would range between 100-150 km.

Festivals of Jaffna: The major festivals are Nallur Kovil Thaer Thiruvizha (Chariot Festival), Thai-Pongal (harvest festival) and Theepavali.

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