Thiruketheeswaram Kovil in Mannar

About Thiruketheeswaram Kovil

Thiruketheeswaram Kovil is a Hindu temple located in the Mannar city of Mannar district in Sri Lanka. It is one of the five ancient Shiva temples in Sri Lanka and is considered to be the oldest among them. The temple is believed to have been built during the reign of Raja Raja Chola I in the 11th century.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus. It is also a significant historical and cultural landmark in Sri Lanka. The temple was damaged during the civil war in Sri Lanka but has since been restored and is now open to visitors.

Things to Do and See

  • Explore the temple complex and admire the intricate carvings and architecture.
  • Attend a puja (prayer ceremony) and experience the spiritual atmosphere of the temple.
  • Visit the nearby Mannar Island and enjoy the beautiful beaches and scenery.
  • Learn about the history and significance of Thiruketheeswaram Kovil from a local guide.

Getting There

Thiruketheeswaram Kovil is located in Mannar city in the Mannar district of Sri Lanka. The approximate latitude and longitude of the temple are 8.9972° N, 79.9272° E. The temple is easily accessible by road and can be reached by car or public transportation.

Visitors can also take a train or bus to Mannar city and then take a tuk-tuk or taxi to the temple.

Opening Hours and Admission

Thiruketheeswaram Kovil is open daily from 6am to 6pm. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.