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Nainativu (Nagadeepa).

Nagapoosani Amman Temple

Nainativu - Nagadeepa - is an Island in the northern province of Sri Lanka. Here you can find historical Hindu temple devoted to goddess Nagapoosani Amman and the popular Buddhist temple Naga Vihara in this Island. This ancient Hindu temple was destroyed by the Colonial Portuguese in 1620 CE and later it was restored in the year restored in the year 1788. The Island is just 35 KM from the southern cost of India. People from there used to visit this temple till the passport system was introduced between India and Sri Lanka.

Now the Amman temple is run by a trusty board, which used to be selected by election. They look after the daily Poojas, annual festival and maintenance of the temple. Everyday thousands of devotees used to visit here to worship the Amman God and the Buddha in the Vihara. After the war has ended lot of Sinhala people too are coming here for worshiping.

If you want to visit this historical Island you must start your journey from the Jaffna central bus stand. The distance from the Jaffna bus stand to the Kurikattuvan Jetty is around 30 Km where the ticket price is Rs 80/- per person. There are boat service operating between Kurikattuvan and Nainativu. The boat service currently operates in the day light time only. SL Rs. 30/- will be charged as boat fare per head. A larger boat with large number of passenger transport capacity is available for Rs 50/- per head.

Take note there are boat services to other islands like Delft, Analaitivu and Eluvaitivu too from here. So check the destination of the boat before you board. All passengers are required to wear lafe Jackets that are available in each boat.

You can travel up to the jetty with van service and with private car.
In side of the temple premises, people are not allowed to wear footwear and men are requested to remove their shirts.
Photographing inside of the temple is not allowed.

The island has a rest house where 200 people can stay comfortably. Lunch is served free as Annathanam by the Nagapoosani Amman trusty at the Amirthasurabi hall every day. If you like you can donate for this cause to help people to get free food. Tamil people who are living all over the world used to donate money and food stuff to this society to provide free rice and curry for the travelers.

This island is not a place for enjoyment or relaxing. It is totally a religious village where nearly 3,000 people are living here. Very hot sun and white sand with little number of shady trees can be found around this Island.

For around Rs.500/- you can go around the village with a three wheel (tuk tuk). There is one Government bus is providing transport service for the island people. You too can ride in it by purchasing a ticket.

Visiting Nainativu - Nagadeepa.

Most of the people start their journey from the Jaffna Town at around 6.00 AM. They can reach the Jetty and have to stay in the boat queue to get the boat service. In the evening they can come back from the Island by 2.00 PM by boat and can reach Jaffna town around 4.00 PM. On heavy rainy days there may be no boat services to be operated.

If you are going to visit the island don't forget to wear white color loose cotton clothing to with stand the hot sun and carry umbrella, cap and enough water to satisfy your thirst. Mineral water and popular brand soft drinks are available for sale in bottles from small shops in the island.

You can purchase coral and different kinds of beautiful conches over there. You can see them placed on a table for sale on the small jetty paths. If you don't see the seller look for him under the table as he may be sleeping over there, to escape the hot sun.

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