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Nallur Kovil

Jaffna, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Jaffna
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

It was the first time i went Jaffna and it was an amazing experience. One trip that blew my mind. Apperantly we were lodging in a place near the Nallur temple which i didnt know first. Being a non hindu i thought this is a noicy and humongous place crowded with people. A person told the kovil is walking distance... More 

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Suva
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90 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

I went to this temple after 12 years, lot of changes some are new. This is an ancient and powerfull temple. Unfortunately the ancient appearence is not there look more modern. All can go into the temple as usual practice in the hindu temples you have to leave your footwear out, further Gents cannot wear shirt or tee shirts you... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

The most popular Hindu temple in Jaffna. Very majestic. People come from all over Sri Lanka and overseas to worship at this temple dedicated to Lord Murugan.

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London
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

This old Kovil is beautiful in its architecture, and serenity. It did seem a bit quiet when we visited, and didn't have the atmsphere you would expect in a grand Kovil, but it a beautiful space to walk around. I didn't appreciate the frills and chandelliers that were present. However, I do agree there are some more charismatic kovils around... More 

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London
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

This temple pales in comparison to the great Hindu temples of South India. It is a poor imitation, bereft of the grandeur, majesty and spirituality of its cousins in India. The local Tamil people are also quite unfriendly (a consequence of the long war perhaps?), without the usual smiles common in the rest of Sri Lanka. The temple seems like... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

This is supposed to be a very old temple but there is nothing ancient to be seen. Every construction is modern, with cement and bright gaudy colours that do no justice to the history of the temple. Men have to remove their shirts in order to enter which detracts from the spirituality of the area and is not a pleasant... More 

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Dehiwela, null, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

This old grand Kovil was undergoing even more repairs on the day we visited. We (my wife and parents) were admiring the grandeur of the Kovil, its construction and the Vel cart.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We went for the 5pm puja which was amazing. I've been to Hindu temples in other places but the temples and prayers were really incredible. The people there were also very keen to explain what was happening and including us in the ceremony.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The kovil has a wonderful cloistered courtyard on one side - and the architectural proportions are reminiscent of similar religious buildings in Europe. The ornament, colour and general organisation of course is typically South Indian.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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16 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

This Hindu Temple or Kovil is one of the largest in Jaffna Town. It is very impressive from outside but due to the timings to visit this place we missed out on this opportunity as we arrived there late. many visitors do visit this place to make ceremonial offerings to the Gods.

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