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Address: Jaffna, Sri Lanka

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A temple with a lot of history and great structure of gods and goddesses. Going during the prayer times would be interesting with crowds walking from one god to another with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2015
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Canberra, Australia
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This is an interesting Kovil to visit. I found the colours to be different from the rest. Guys! You need to take your shirt off when entering :-)

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Canberra, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

A temple with a lot of history and great structure of gods and goddesses. Going during the prayer times would be interesting with crowds walking from one god to another with priests chanting and performing different rituals.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Yes indeed, this is for connoisseurs....to see the God of Kataragama, (Murugan) lifted from his place in the main concourse and placed gently on a little cart which is pulled by two men stripped to the waist round the temple while a brahmin priest wafts a whisk to keep the flies and other desecrations off the God and then He... More 

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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Temple is still being renovated but you can still marvel at its architectural beauty & lovely murals. You may be lucky to see one of the several puja ceremonies. Unfortunately, no picture-taking inside.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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106 reviews 106 reviews
48 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I have visited some Hindu temples in sri lanka, but this is the biggest temple I have visited by far, we went during the festival season and it was over crowded,but still you can go inside, (gents have to go topless) the art work inside the temple is also impressive

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Tremelo, Belgium
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

To get there is quite a challenge. It is not the colourful Hindu temple you might expect. The inside of the temple is bare of any decorations. Outside the temple, the nice sculptures the Hindu temples are so famous for, are painted in one colour.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This temple is open early 4:30 AM and closes 5:45 PM. plan accordingly. Easily accessible, and a must see in Jaffna. The temple has a huge building. Men are expected to enter in without shirts.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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88 attraction reviews
632 helpful votes 632 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

If you visited Hindu temples in South India like Madurai Meenatchi Amman, Srirangam, Thanjavur Kovil, this temple not impressive. But in SriLanka this temple one of the beautiful and most respected by the Hindus. Still they maintain the old culture here - to enter the Kovil all males want to remove their shirts etc-. Pooja time bit of crowded. Kovil... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

This is one of the ancient lord muruga's temple located in Jaffna, Northern part of Sri Lanka. If you wish to do a special pooja you have to pay only Rs 1 (SLR) inside temple. There are limitations in terms of entering into this premises like without cameras, topless for men..but you are free ourside this temple. A special place... More 

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Layer de la Haye, United Kingdom
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286 helpful votes 286 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Be sure to visit while a puja is happening (5am, 10am, noon, 415pm, 430pm, 5pm and 645pm). This is a spectacular building, both from the outside and the inside. You'll need to remove your shoes to enter. (take them with you or leave them at the gate). Men need to remove their shirts to enter the temple (tuck it in... More 

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