Koneswaram temple is an ancient time Hindu temple. This temple is located in Trincomalee district of Sri Lanka. This colorful medieval temple is situated atop the Konesar Malai on the Gokarna Bay. The temple is surrounded by a picturesque view of the Indian Ocean. Koneswaram temple is dedicated to the mighty Lord Shiva. This temple is also considered as one of the five abodes of Lord Shiva ‘Pancha Ishwarams’. Temple has been mentioned in the Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Koneswaram temple is also known as the temple of Thousand Pillars. The exact date of establishment of the temple could not be recognized. The literature used on the inscriptions in royal charters was from 5th to 18th century. So it is estimated that the temple might be built around 400 BC.
According to legends that in the starting the temple consisted of a rock cave which was then multi-layered with brick. It is said that King Ravana and his mother used to worship Lord Shiva in this temple. But when Ravana’s mother was in bad health he wanted to remove the shrine. Then Lord Shiva made him drop his sword. But still a crack was created on the rock, which is now known as ‘Ravana Vettu’.
The festivals that are held in this temple are Ther chariot, Navaratri and the Shivratri. Ther chariot is celebrated in the month of April for 20 days. And Navratri is celebrated for 9 days; this festival is dedicated to the nine goddesses. Whereas Shivratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva as it is his birthday. The temple is filled with joy and happiness during these festivals.
Day 1: – Colombo Airport – Pinnawala – Dambulla
This will the first day of your tour, our representative will receive you at Colombo Airport. From there he will be taking you to Dambulla, where you will be checking into a hotel. Before going to hotel you can also visit the tourist destination Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. And after exploring Pinnawala go to your hotel rooms and relax.
Day 2: – Dambulla – Koneswaram Temple
Get up and after having breakfast get ready to move towards your destination i.e. Koneswaram Temple. This temple lies in the Trincomalee city of Sri Lanka. After doing Darshan in the temple you can also visit other temples in Trincomalee. After exploring all the tourist places check in into a hotel. You will be spending the night in Trincomalee.
Day 3: – Trincomalee – Kandy
On 3rd day you will be travelling from Trincomalee to Kandy which is a 178 km drive. And it will take around four and a half hour to reach Kandy. After arriving Kandy check into hotel and retire for the night.
Day 4: – Kandy City Sight Seeing
This day will be the city tour day, our representative will take take you to the famous places of Kandy. This city is the most sacred place for Buddhists all over the world. You will be visiting the world famous Temple of Tooth Relic. The lake beside the temple is artificial but is considered sacred as well. You can enjoy boating there. After that you can visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden which is a beautiful garden enriched with varieties of orchids and medicinal plants. There are many other places to visit as well. After exploring the Kandy city you can rest in your hotel rooms and stay for the night there.
Day 5: – Kandy – Colombo Airport
This will be the last day of your tour. Our representative will be driving you to Colombo Airport. And we hope you will enjoy your trip to Koneswaram Temple.
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