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Travel Guide Asia Sri Lanka Jaffna

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Introduction

Jaffna is the northern-most district of Sri Lanka, that is currently cut off from the rest of the country along its only land route. Therefore the only way to get there at present is by flying the local airways due to which there is always a long waiting list.

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Weather

Jaffna has a tropical climate, meaning hot and humid weather year round. Temperatures average around 31 degrees Celcius during the day and around 25 degrees at night. April to October is warmer compared to November to March, but temperatures can reach well over 35 degrees in nearly every month, except the coolest months. Rainfall is possible year round, but is tends to concentrate between November and January. March to July is fairly dry with some showers on just several days a month.

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Sleep

Budget

GTZ Guesthouse: A simple guesthouse that is run by GTZ, primarily for its own visiting non-district staff, but which has also been opened to other visitors lability to be able to maintain the premises. Simple rooms, with home-cooked meals that have to be ordered in advance.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes are available in all the cities and these are cheap and easy to access. Most hotels have internet access as well but are relatively expensive. There are various internet service providers (Sri Lanka Telecom, Dialog, Mobitel etc.) providing different packages: ADSL broadband, dial-up, WiFi. Please contact a service provider to learn more about the packages and prices.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country code for Sri Lanka is 94. Remove the intercity prefix (0) before the area code when dialling internationally into the country (i.e., 0112 688 688 becomes +94 112 688 688) when dialling from abroad). The two next numbers after 94 represents the area code, they are different for every district.

The use of GSM cellphones is widespread and the coverage is good. Dialog and Mobitel are two operators that have sales offices at the airport inside the arrivals lounge. Dialog Mobile has the widest coverage in the country including rural areas and has the best quality GSM / 3G / HSPA +/4G network. Mobitel also has a 3G/HSPA+ network. All the mobile operators are having same call rates due to floor rate tariffs. Therefore it is advisable to go to the network which offers you the best quality. All Mobile Operators offers cheap IDD Call rates. If you want to surf internet, best way is to buy a HSPA dongle and a Mobile Broadband connection. Dialog Mobile, Mobitel, hutch, Etisalat and Airtel offers prepaid Mobile Broadband services which can be activated and used immediately. Dialog is the Vodafone Roaming Network in Sri Lanka and offers the best range of Value added services for Roamers and the rates are cheaper. Etisalat and Airtel also provide cheap roaming rates specially to India.

Post

Sri Lankan Post is the national postal company. Each city/town has a main post office and the villages will have access to sub post offices, either at the village or nearby village. Local post, through normal mail, is cheap and fast. However, to ensure that the post has reached recipient, it is better to send by registered post which will allow you to have a reference number which you can later use to check with your post office that your mail has reached its destination. There are local courier services. Aramex and Pronto are some of the ones in Colombo and they deliver mail the same day or overnight. For better tracking and fast services companies like DHL, or TNT provide a good service but are more expensive.

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