Nainativu, Nagadeepa Island.

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Nagadeepa Purana Vihara (නාගදීප පුරාණ විහාරය)

Lot of Buddhist people use to come here to worship Loard Buddha while tourists too vist this Island too visit here. Nagadeepa Purana Vihara is located in the Nagadeepa Island. (Nainativu Island). To visit here you hae 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 Shipsas 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.

How to reach Nagadeepa?

If you are starting from Colombo take the Colonmbo Jaffna train and reach the Jaffna Railway station. Alternatively you can SLTB or Private Luxuary busses too. Budhist pilgrims can stay at the Pilgrims Rest located near to the Jaffna station that is run by the Jaffna Naqgadeepa Vihara Temple.

Early morning catch the "Kurikattuvan Jetty" bus from the Jaffna bus stand. there are private and SLTB busses are avilable.
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 musch 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 worhip the Hindu Godesses.

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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