Nallur Kandaswamy Temple in Jaffna is one the largest Hindu temple in Sri Lanka. Actually its name is Nallur Kandaswamy kovil and it is located in Jaffna district in Sri Lanka. Local people call it is as Nallur Murugan Kovil. Every year this temple celebrates its annual 25 days festival that used to take place in the morning and in the nights. That will last for 25 days. This year 2020 annual festival will be held from 25th of July 2020 and will continue for 24 more days from that day. There is no entrance fee is charged from the visiting people. But visitors must be clean and follow the temples rules and regulations such as no footwear, No video or photography inside of the temple complex. You can't enter the temple with footwear, Men wearing shirts and T-Shirts have to remove them prior to entering in to the temple. Wash your face, hands and legs prior to entering the temple complex and other visitors too are doing this to be hygenic in this public place. Water pipes are provided on both sides near to the temple area.
Those who want to visit Nallur Temple during the annual festival days need to book their rooms early as there used to be lot of guests used to book hotels and rooms during these days. Lot of foreigners tooused to come and stay here during the festival days. On the 24 the day festival is called as "Ther" (Chariot) festival and nearly 700,000 people used to stay around the temple complex and around the streets from morning till noon to view tha beautiful chariot and the god sitting in it. Nearly all the restaurants used to serve vegetarian dishes and soft drinks only in these days. Due to lot of people coming to the temple all vehicles will be stopped nearly 100 meters prior to the entrance of the temple on all intersections.
During normal days usual morning poojas and evening Poojas used to take place where hundreds of people used to attend the pooja ceremonies and worshipping.
You can reach Nallur by road, Train and by airline. People can travel with government Trains, buses, private luxury buses or private vans that are operating between Jaffna and Colombo. Colombo to Jaffna Bus time table is not in operation but used to start from the morning and nights and need around 6 - 8 hours depending on the condition of the coaches. The tickets are priced at 350/- to 1,500/- depending the seat and mode of travel. Uttara Devi A/C, Yarl Devi and the Intercity A/C trains used to reach Jaffna railway station by 7 - 8 hours of operation time from the Colombo Fort Railway Station. Reserved Seats only available at Rs 1,700/- Furthermore Yal Devi and Mail Trains are running daily between Colombo and Jaffna cities and their ticket prices start from Rs 350/- onwards. Available classes are 3rd, 2nd and 1st class in each train. During the Nallur Festival season it is better to advance book, up and down Train tickets at the Fort or Wellawatte Railway Station. Can fly from Ratmalana Airport, Colombo to Palalaly airport in Jaffna. The ticket price is Rs 7,500/- for a person for one way journey. In the festival days it is difficult to book train tickets at the last minute. Nallur is covered by summer and rainy seasons where April is the hottest month. There is no cold or snow in this area.
Once you are in Jaffna town, get a Tuk Tuk (3 Wheel) and reach the temple from the town for around Rs 150/-. There is no need to keep the Tuk Tuk waiting as you can find lot of them in that area for your return journey.
If you have enough time, go to the central bus stand in Jaffna Town, get one of the Point Pedro SLTB bus and ask the bus driver to drop you near to the temple.
You can reach the Jaffna hospital and walk along the hospital road and then turn at the left at the Naga Vihara temple. Keep walking along the pond side if you walk straight you can reach Nallur temple. It will take around 15 - 20 minutes.
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