Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil

Attraction Colombo 13 Colombo Sri Lanka Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
05:00 AM - 08:30 PM
08:00 AM
09:30 AM
First-time visit
Must see
Temple & Monument
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Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil is a sacred Hindu temple made entirely of granite. Located right in the center of Colombo, it flaunts a mesmerizing architectural pattern engraved in grey granite.

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Why Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil is special ?

This Shiva temple in Kotahena is austere, simple and beautiful. Unlike most temples, which are a riot of color and statues, this is made of big, monumental slabs of granite with simple statues tucked into alcoves.


What to explore at Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil?

In Kotahena, northeast of Pettah, you’ll find this temple built of South Indian granite. During the harvest festival of Thai Pongal (held in January) devotees flock to Hindu temples, which become even more colourful and lively.


How to get to Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil?

Taxis are also a good mode of transportation. There are 'TATA Nano' cars in service nowadays and the charges start from Rs. 40 per kilometre with air-con and it is also a safe and convenient way to travel. Taxis are much safer than a three-wheeler. The tuk-tuks also offer their service for a fee of Rs. 30 per Km and do not forget to go for the ones with the "Metered TAXI" name board in front. Others may not have the meters running.


Selling points

  • Granite Temple
  • The most spectacular temple on the entire island
  • Nice Hindu Temple
  • Peace in your soul
  • Larget Shiva Temple in Colombo
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  • It closes at 12 p.m and recloses at 5p.m.
  • You can use the public transport system to reach this temple as there is bus halt next to this temple.
  • You can well listen and learn more about the culture and belief of different religion apart from admiring the architectural build-ups inside.
    Things to do
  • Before you leave the temple, you should remember to feed the cows in the cowshed.
    Things to do
  • In the evening, the prayers are accompanied by the playing of Nadaswaram (long flute) and Thavil (percusion instrument).
    What to see
  • You can see the stone carvings here.
    What to see


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This is situated at Colombo 12 (Kochchikade) just opposite to St. Anthony s Church. This temple was originally constructed somewhere in 1857 it was small and in 1905 it was fully constructed with black granite. It is a Shiva temple with South Indian traditions. There are lots of statues (Deities) and chains made out of granite it looks great and mind blowing people of this area consider this temple is very powerful and God grants their reasonable requests. It is worth mentioning that some of the chins in the temple is made out of granite it is a wonderful carvings. If you are a Hindu it a must visit, This temple has all necessary structures of a Shiva temple, if you are not a Hindu it is worth seeing a marvelous ancient architecture. All can enter the temple but be decently dressed. There is no fees or charges. sometimes the person at the office can help you with the tour around the temple and it is free.

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