Koneswaram Temple, Trincomalee

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 online road trip planner to visit Koneswaram Temple on your trip to Trincomalee, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Create an itinerary including Koneswaram Temple
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Koneswaram Temple Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
853 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Evening time is good to visit the place (you take off footwear to be kept for 20 LKR), so you may see puja and stones do not burn your soles. The location is very picturesque, vivid and rich in colors...  more »
  • One of the best temple with the most stunning location that I ever visit! Highly recommend if you are in Trincomalee!  more »
Places to stay near Koneswaram Temple

Plan your trip to Trincomalee

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Trincomalee

View all >
4.7
Duration: 1​h
3.2
Duration: 2​h 30​min
3.4
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.3
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Side trips from Trincomalee

4.2
Duration: 8​h
4.6
Duration: 3​h 30​min
4.3
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Hidden gems in Trincomalee

3.6
Duration: 1​h
1.2
Duration: 2​h
4.8
Duration: 30​min
4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Historic Sites in Trincomalee

4.5
Duration: 1​h
4.3
Duration: 1​h
4.3
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Nearby attractions in Trincomalee

4.0
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.1
Duration: 3​h 30​min
4.5
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.2
Duration: 4​h

Kid-friendly things to do in Trincomalee

4.5
Duration: 2​h 30​min
3.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
3.3
Duration: 2​h 30​min