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Nagadeepa Purana Vihara (නාගදීප පුරාණ විහාරය)
Lot of Buddhist followers used to visit here to worship Lord Buddha while tourists too visit this Island too visits here. Nagadeepa Purana Vihara is located in the Nagadeepa Island (Nainativu in Tamil). To visit here you have to travel by bus and then by boat or ferry. There is no road connection for this Island from the Jaffna Main land. This dry hot Island get very little rain fall and the water to the island is bought by Naval Ships as the water in the island is with salty taste. Lot of people live in this Island and 1 or 2 SLTB busses are running to serve the local people.
To control the spreading of the Corona Virus in this island sometime there used to be cancellation of boat service between the mainland and the island. Also those who are coming from different districts will be allowed after getting special passes during these days. It is advisable to check with the local police before to start your journey towards Nainativu island. So far the island people didn't contacted the dedly Corona Virus.
If you are starting from Colombo take the Colombo Jaffna train and reach the Jaffna Railway station. Alternatively you can SLTB or Private Luxury busses too. Buddhist pilgrims can stay at the Pilgrims Rest located near to the Jaffna station that is run by the Jaffna Nagadeepa Vihara.
Early morning catch the "Kurikattuvan Jetty" bus from the Jaffna bus stand. there are private and SLTB busses are available.
The bus will stop at the Kurikattuvan Jetty after traveling around one hour through villages and roads penetrating the sea.
At the Jetty Navy personal will assist you to get in to the Boat or large ferry. Each passenger must pay around Rs 30/- to Rs 50/-.
There are private boat service also available which is very expensive.
Nainativu Nagapoosani Amman Temple is another popular destination in this Nagadeepa Island where thousands of pilgrims used to come for worshipping.
You must return back from the island by 2:00 pm as there will be not much public boat service will not be available. Otherwise you have to pay extra payment for private boat for the return journey.
Saturdays, Sundays and on Poya Days Lot of Sinhala Buddhist pilgrims used to come here for worshipping.
Also during the school holidays lot of people come here for worhipping the Lord Buddha.
During the Nagapoosani Amman Temple annual festival season there used to be a big crowed used to come over here to worship the Hindu Goddesses.
Take enough drinking water. (Shops sell here mineral water)
White dresses and cap and umbrella are necessary as hot sun will be there on day time.
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