Koneswaram Temple
Koneswaram Temple
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abw91080m
Negombo, Sri Lanka22 contributions
Couples
very beautiful place we went early in the morning.we attend for a pujaa.very clam place.i think it is a very secret place
Written September 10, 2015
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The Wife’s Concierge
Melbourne, Australia91 contributions
Family
If you are in the area it's worth a look. The view from the temple grounds back to Trinco and the temple itself is worth a photo or two. Nice place to pray if you are Hindu. I did not like that the souvenir stands and shops along the road leading up to the temple are mostly Sinhalese/Buddhist operated. Would have liked to have seen more Tamil/Hindu's to whom the temple has more meaning that just another tourist cash cow.
Written July 13, 2016
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Farziya A
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Well it was hot, one thing but I couldn't go in since I am a Muslim and cover my head. I guess it's a sacred place for the Hindus. But it's also nice to entertainer people who like learning about different cultures.
Written August 30, 2014
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Sivalingamsingapore
Singapore, Singapore138 contributions
Family
திருக் கோணேச்சரம் கோயில் in tamil or Thirukonamalai Konesar Temple –The monument contains its main shrine to Shiva in the form Kona-Eiswara, shortened to Konesar and is a major place for Hindu pilgrimage, labelled the "Rome of the Gentiles/Pagans of the Orient". Historically very famous hindu temple in Sri lanka. I have been with my family and find it very peaceful.
Written December 29, 2013
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Kurt M
Malmö, Sweden539 contributions
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On top of the steep promontory which is one of the outer corners of "the best natural harbour in the world" and steeped in history the Koneswaram Temple is the must- see attraction in Trincomalee.

There are of course the ubiquitous tuk tuks, but if you have the energy, walk up to it - through historical Fort Frederick, held by the Portuguese, the Dutch, the French and the English; with its monumental main entrance, its shadowed alleys and collossal banyan trees, its quirky English bungalows and "Army welfare cafes", its broadly- smiling soldiers and its population of half- tame deer the walk leads you through one of the most picturesque army barracks I have seen.

Then, through an alleyway of stalls selling offerings and religious paraphernalia, the drink you absolutely need and the souvenir fridge magnet you probably don't need you advance to the magnificent statue of Vishnu and the temple itself which was so important during the Ages of European expansion into the Indian Ocean and beyond that the zealous Portuguese chose to destroy it.

My husband and I are spiritual but not Hindu. Nevertheless we felt at awe at the temple which today enshrines Hindu relics which survived the Portuguese onslaught.

Outside you may be charmed or disgusted by macaque monkeys munching at the fruit offerings, and you will definitely enjoy the ocean views all the way across the outer harbour and to the lighthouse on the southern shore. A (very safe) walk on the edge of the cliff is not for the faint- hearted because of these views!

In the blue or green waters right below the promontory you could snorkel or dive for temple ruins or Dutch cannons. (see my review Sri Lanka Diving Tours).

A half day excursion you will not want to miss.
Written June 25, 2013
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dilan m
Sri Lanka31 contributions
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If you visit Trinco you should not skip this place. When the time we visit this temple there were very less crowd. What a nice and calm place in Trincomalee and also you can see a large number of deers in and around the temple. I highly recommend this place for all type of visitors.
Written October 5, 2019
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Vachintha Piyadasa
Colombo, Sri Lanka1,831 contributions
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Koneswaram Kovil is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It is located at the head of Swami Rock on the Gokarna Bay, which a seasonal home to blue whales. The temple sits on a high ground above the bay of Trincomalee. This is also a prominent pilgrim center for Hindus and, is of a great religious value. It provides a jaw-dropping scenery on all sides.
Written August 9, 2018
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farasha2012
Beirut, Lebanon106 contributions
Couples
Before you get to the temple you are asked to take off your shoes. It is nice to walk through the temple grounds and take a few photos. Inside the temple, however, you are not allowed to take photos. If you have a few minutes to spare, stop by one of the cafes on the side on the road and enjoy a cold drink and a panoramic view of Trinco. Also, be aware that taxis and tuk-tuks are not allowed too close so you will have to walk a few minutes before getting there.
Written July 23, 2018
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MAHENDRANATHAN
Seremban, Malaysia661 contributions
We went up to the temple but was not permitted to drive up all the way up the hill to the temple as there was a problem with the historic arch leading up to the temple. There was water leaking from beneath the arch and the authorities were worried that it might collapse. so we walked up the rest of the way which was a few hundred from where we had parked our coach. The temple and it architecture was beautiful and it s location on the hilltop overlooking the bay was beyond description.The view from the temple across the bay was fantastic. We even sighted a peacock in the vicinity of the temple in the bushes surrounding the temple hill side.We spent about twenty minutes in the temple and having prayed left and walked back. As you cant wear your shoes into the temple, there is a small stall on the left hand side as you near the temple where you can leave your shoes for a small token sum. All of you in the group can put your shoes/ sandals or slippers in one compartment. A number of the closet holding your shoes will be given to you to collect them on your return. the temple is worth a visit as it is of historical interest.
Written October 11, 2017
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Vishnu Pendyala
San Jose, CA1,018 contributions
Family
The first of the 18 shakti peethams is right here in the sanctum-sanctorum adjoining the one for the 2nd Atma Lingam installed by Lord Rama. Information on the Internet was misleading, so as the information given by some locals there because of which we spent quite some time to finally confirm that the shakti peetham is indeed here. Men need to wear Veshti or Dhoti and remove shirt to go into the sanctum-sanctorum of the Lord. The priests are friendly and accommodating - they accepted the saree, bangles, etc. we gave to the Shankari Devi Goddess and promised to use them next day morning. Abhishekam happens at ~3:30 - 4:30pm.
Written December 31, 2015
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Koneswaram Temple, Trincomalee