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Nallur Temple

Nallur Kandasamy Temple is one of the popular places in Jaffna where lot of people visit here daily for to offer prayers to Lord Muruga.

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Nainatheevu is an Island with worshiping places which were built in the ancient times. It is called Nagadeepa in Sinhala.

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Sri Lanka Visitor Visas.

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Colombo To Jaffna Train.

6:17 AM 9/5/2022

Colombo to Jaffna Train Service is now being conducted on daily basis after some previous interruption. In the meantime other important destination train services too are operating Island wide. If you want to travel by train keep the nearest Railway Station's phone number to check about the service status of the train that you intended to travel. In the year 2022, fuel prices had gone up in Sri Lanka. So this had affected the train ticket prices to be increased. Currently 4 Train Services are operating from Colombo to Jaffna and Jaffna to Colombo on daily basis. There is no regular Uthara Devi Train Service is not being operated between Colombo and Jaffna.

1. Jaffna Intercity 4021 {05:10 / 12:17}
2. Yarldevi 4077 (05:50 / 14:37)
3. Jaffna Train (Vavuniya Intercity 4017) (11:50 / 18:20)
4. Jaffna Train (Vavuniya Night Mail 4090) (20:00 / 04:39)
5. Special air conditioned Night Intercity Express train to Jaffna. Departure Mt Lavania Friday 10:00 PM. Returns on Sunday 10:00 PM. (8 hours Journey)

A/C train (4021 Intercity) ticket price to Jaffna is Rs 3,200/- per person - First Class only - One way.
Yal Devi (4077) to Jaffna ticket Price; First Class: Rs 2,800//- Second Class: Rs 1,900/- One way
Vauniya InterCity 11:50am
Jaffna Train - (Vauniya Night Mail 4089) Rs 3,200/-, Rs 2,200/-, Rs 1,800/-.

4017 Vauniya InterCity - Colombo Fort 11:50 - Jaffna 18:20 A/C: Rs 3,000/-, Second Class reserved: Rs 2,500/-
Third Class Reserved Seat Ticket Price: Rs 1,800/-

Air-conditioned Intercity Express Train from Mt.Lavinia (Galkissa) to Jaffna via Colombo had started its operations. The train leaves at Mt.Lavinia (Galkissa) at 05:10 am and used to reach Jaffna by 12:15 pm and will continue its journey up to Kankesanthurai Station. The train will start back from Kankesanthurai Station at 13:15 pm and will reach Colombo Fort railway Station by 20:00 pm. And this will continue its journey up to Mt.Lavinia(Galkissa). This Intercity Express train is powered by India's AC Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) engines. Meanwhile its compartments are increased to 10 from previous 5 numbers. The Train is run by Indian made train equipped with the latest technology by 2 power locomotives. So it can take 360 seated passengers in it.


Train Service starts on Friday 10.00 pm from Wellawatte
Jaffna train Service starts on Sunday 10.00 pm and will reach 5.00 am in Fort
Total 530 Passengers.

Air-conditioned Intercity Express Train from Mt.Lavinia (Galkissa) to Jaffna Facilities.
Comfortable seating.
Buffet car for dining.
TV and modern toilet facilities.
Passengers can buy e-tickets online for this train a month in advance.
This train was procured under the Indian Credit Line Scheme the cost of Rs 2,500 million.

Colombo to Jaffna train ticket prices may vary according to the class you wish to travel.
There are two kinds of seating facilities available for them.
1. Reserved seats. These tickets can be purchased up to 30 days prior to your journey.
2. Unreserved seats. Tickets will be available before the train's arrival.
3. At some stations when reserving train ticket, they may ask the gender of the passenger and the NIC number of the passenger.

Ticket price for the trains that are running between Colombo and Jaffna.

Tickets can be reserved up to 30 days prior to your travel plan. Meanwhile tickets can be purchased at the time of your travel for unreserved classes. Train tickets can be reserved using your Dialog, Mobitel, Hutch and SLT phone services. Then you must visit the nearest ticket reservation centre to collect the tickets by paying the required ticket price and the applicable service charges. To Reserve Train seats you must provide the passenger's NIC/ Passport number through the provided Form at the Railway Station.


Saturday Special from Matara to Jaffna via Colombo.( Check it out. Not in operation)

2020 Train Name Departure Arrival
A/C Intercity Express 05:10 AM 12:15 PM
Yarl Devi 06:15 AM 15:20 PM
Train No: 4081 08:50 AM 06:30 PM
Utharadevi (Express) 11:50 AM 06:15 PM
Sri Devi 15:55 PM 22:22 PM
Train No: 4087 07:15 PM 04:30 PM
Mail Train 09:00 PM 05:10 AM
Matara Special (Sat) 09:40 AM 05:07 PM


Sunday Special from Jaffna to Matara via Colombo.( Check it out, not in service)

Name of the Train Departure Arrival  
Utharadeve (Express) 06:10 AM 01:05 PM  
Train No 4082 06:25AM 04:05 PM  
Yarl Devi 09:35 AM 06:35 PM  
A/C Intercity Express 01:15 PM 08:00 PM  
Train No 4088 18:40 PM 04:30 AM
Night Mail Train 07:00 PM 04:17 AM  
Matara Special (Sunday) 08:20 AM 04:25 PM  

Colombo to Jaffna Train Ticket Prices

Yarl Devi

  • A/C Saloon - Reserved: Rs 2,400/-
  • Second Class Reserved: Rs 1,700/-

Mail Train (Night time only)

Uttara Devi Express Train

Colombo - Jaffna Express A/C Train.

First Class Only, No Other Classes

  • Jaffna First Class - Reserved: Rs 3,200/-
  • Colombo to
    • Polgahawela: Rs 1,200/- up to Rs 3,200/-
    • Kurunegala: Rs 1,000/- up to Rs 3,200/-
    • Anuradhapura: Rs 1,200/- up to Rs 3,200/-
    • Vavuniya: Rs 1,600/- up to Rs 3,200/-
    • Kilinochchi: Rs 1,600/- up to Rs 3,200/-

    * Updated: 2022

Sri Lanka Train Ticket Booking. New Procedure.

At the counter there is a form, which should be filled by the passenger to book the train seat. Provide the passenger's NIC or Passport number
Provide your Name, Phone number, Date and travel date. Hand over the form and reserve your seats, if they are available.
If there are any errors in the reserved tickets, it can be corrected within 15 minutes after obtaining the ticket.
If you find it later, then you must go for a cancellation and to reserve a new ticket.
Some station's seat reservation counter used to open at 8:00am and will close at 16:00pm.
There are night mail trains running between Colombo and Jaffna, Batticaloa, Matale and Hatton.

Sri Lanka Train Ticket Cancellation.

Reserved tickets can be cancelled 24 hours prior to the departure of the train. 25% fee will be charged for the cancellation.
When cancelling Rs 3,200/- ticket you will get Rs 2,400/- as refund at the counter.
Sri Lanka Reserved Train Tickets can't be transferred to another person.

Sample Colombo to Jaffna Reserved Train Ticket.

How to find your compartment and seat number in the electronic Ticket printout? See here.

Colombo to Jaffna Train Ticket

Colombo to Jaffna Train

Why People Prefer Train Journey in Sri Lanka?

There are cheaper than bus services. (Second and Third classes)
Reserved compartments used to have a Ticket Checker/Conductor. He won't allow anyone to travel in that carriage without a seat reservation. So passengers will feel safe.
Most of the Railway Stations are located next to town centers. So it is easy for the people to continue their journey with any of the route bus.
Sri Lanka Government servants and Pensioners have free railway warrants to travel with the trains.
There are 67 long distance train services and 16 Numbers of Intercity train Services are being provided by the Sri Lanka Railway Department.(Some are not functioning now)

Source: Sri Lanka Railways

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