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.
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  • Very colourful place high on a cliff top. You have to leave your shoes at a booth before you can proceed to the temple. Knees to be covered sarongs available at the door if required. Should have worn....  more »
  • An ancient temple to the Hindu god Shiva surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery.  Golden statue of Shiva in front of partially restored Koneswaram temple with colourful design, shoes not allowed..  more »

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