Travelling to the Eastern coast of Sri Lanka exposes you to several great moments and experiences. Although you may see a lot of Hindu temples here, the Kandasamy Kovil is one of the most special places that you should not miss.
It’s one of the ‘Panchaishwaram’s
This kovil located at the peak of a rocky outcrop belongs to the set of PanchaIshwaram. That says it is among the five main Hindu temples in Sri Lanka that are dedicated to God Shiva. It’s believed that they protect the country from natural hazards.
A bit from its history
Stories reveal that even in 300 AD, there has been a temple here. This temple is believed to have developed then by Cholas and the other dynasties and was once destroyed by the Portuguese too.
It’s a place of worship
Those who spend their holidays at Trincomalee beach hotels love attending the puja (prayer) sessions that are conducted here at 3 different times. Even the tourists staying at resorts the likes of Jungle Beach by Uga Escapes visit the kovil most of the time to have a unique cultural experience.
A special attraction on one side of the temple is the Lovers’ Leap (Swami Rock) which is a 130m-high cliff. This is a great place to spot blue whales, especially during the season.