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Koneswaram Temple, Trincomalee

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Sometimes called the temple of 1,000 pillars, the medieval Huindu temple of Koneswaram Temple, dedicated to Shiva, sits on a rocky cape. Although destroyed and rebuilt throughout its history, this 17th-century structure still stands as an example of classic Dravidian architecture. Numerous hymns and pieces of literature mention the temple for both its traditions and its large quantities of gold, pearls, jewels, and silk. Today, you can observe artifacts saved from the ruins that now feature in the current temple, which was rebuilt in 1963. Be sure to admire the sights, including a sweeping view of the sea. If you arrive early, you can catch a fantastic view of the sunrise. Use our Trincomalee itinerary builder to add Koneswaram Temple and other attractions to your Trincomalee vacation plans.
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  • Fascinating, colourful and especially Temple. Beautifully situated with a wonderful view. Definitely worth a visit.
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  • Best view of Trincomalee and the Temple is very impressive Colorfull with a lots of paintings, statues and sculptures: we loved this place!  more »
  • From our hotel a few kilometres walk along the beach to cross the road and towards the temple. At the time there was a ceremony and there (I was told) a birth celebrated. The temple itself is nice and beautiful to see. Unfortunately, the street in front of the Temple now very commercial and many sex positions with odds and ends.
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  • Peaceful place with lot of amazing views Elevated view or whole town beaches fishing. Can go closer and touch animals (monkeys and dears). This God having wonderful Grace.
  • Never seen such a beautiful scenery with bright blue coloured sea around everything. Nice place to visit.
  • This is a place with a Hindu temple. You can go inside the temple and see also. As this is situated on a cliff right near the sea, some fascinating views can be enjoyed from here. There is a bit of climbing to do to reach here. On that way, near the temple, there is wash room facilities available. You can use by paying a small money for the guy there. But, it was not very clean. If you are going by your own vehicle, I advise NOT to go near the top by the vehicle. You will get stuck at the top and even you found a place to park, it would be unsafe as the parking would be mainly by a narrow road. This happens specially on holidays. Instead, park somewhat before, near the army camps and just have a nice walk!
  • Calm and quiet location location with great view. Situated on a cliff
  • A lovely hind kovil, quite and peaceful atmosphere. The view off the side to the sea is amazing.

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Where to stay in Trincomalee

Close to the restaurants and cultural sites in the center of town, the district surrounding the main train station of Trincomalee provides a number of guesthouses and a few simple hotels. Look along the coast for a far greater amount of choice, with Trinco Beach to the south offering a nice mix of urban entertainment and beachside relaxation. To the north of Trincomalee, the beach towns of Uppuveli and Nilaveli boast particularly high concentrations of hotels and guesthouses, all close to the beach, restaurants, and other amenities.
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