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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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  • Impressive temple complex in Trincomalee. Very easy to reach. Photos and videos are allowed from the outside and even within dee plant.
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  • I was in August of 2014 looking the restoration and I come back last month to check it. The works of restoration was amazing. If you will go, I recommend read first about the history to enjoy better t...  more »
  • Very popular place with both Hindu and Buddhist locals. Historical place with beautiful sea views of Indian Ocean. Very colourful place. One of the must visit place in trincomalee.  more »
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  • Situated atop the promontory inside the old Dutch fort of the city, this large Hindu temple is a good example of the artistic talents of the followers of this religion. After a short walk past the hawkers selling religious and other trinkets you remove your footwear before seeing the large, blue statue of Shiva sitting at the forefront of the temple. The walls of the temple are adorned with painted representations of Shiva and other Hindu deities, and the rooftop and cornices are covered with statues of the same. There is a short walk around the cliff top overlooking the ocean with other, small shrines to Shiva and other deities for those who are interested. Views of the ocean from this walk are amazing. Photos of the external areas of the temple are allowed while none are allowed inside. No cost. Highly Recommended.
  • A hindu devotional temple. One of the two famous hindu temple in Sri Lanka. Alas Paadal Petta Sthalam. An ancient historical place and have the Ramayana Story backing.
  • Koneswaram was likely founded before 400 B.C. although its exact date of birth remains vague. The evidence extant attests to the shrine's classical antiquity. Construction of Hindu temples was made possible due to the prevalent faith amongst the locals and mercantile communities in the region during the Sangam period. Kaviraja Varothiyan's Tamil poem inscribed on the Konesar Kalvettu, the 17th century stone inscription chronicle of the temple, gives the shrine's date of birth as circa 1580 B.C. Archaeologists point to its initial phase consisting of a rock cave, multilayered brick shrine style popularly constructed to Tamil deities of a range of faiths during the Sangam period
  • Liked the friendly staff at the entrance. I did not see many people in the temple but lots of Monkeys on the rocks. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the view, the fresh air up on the rock. The practical yet slightly simple corrugated tin roof took a bit off the mood though.
  • Devara paadal petra sthalam. It is one of the most important sthalams for Tamil Saivites, the other two being Thillai and Kayilai