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Nallur with Tradition

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The Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil in Jaffna is one of the most revered places of worship in the northern peninsula of the island. Throbbing with exuberant devotion, the Kovil has a long history that traces its roots back to the 13th century. A stunning manifestation of Dravidian architecture, the Nallur Kovil is adorned with a five-storied gopuram that shines in gold.

Experience Overview

First, dress up in Tamil ethnic wear to visit the Kovil like a local. Females may drape up a saree, which is a vibrant clothe of six yards worn with a short jacket. Men would be given a vaisiti, which is similar to a sarong. Next, your host will take you to the Nallur Kovil. Let your senses be filled with the serenity of the atmosphere, which pervades with the fragrance of incense as you head towards the Kovil. Walk through the premises and catch a glimpse of the giant holy pool in the southern part of the Kovil as well as the large garden on the opposite side. Learn about the intriguing history of this significant place of worship as your host regales you with the stories about the bygone days and millennia old religious rituals.

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Includes:

Host, transport, bottled water and refreshments.

Duration: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Duration:

2 hours.

Difficulty: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Difficulty:

Easy

Suitable for children: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Suitable for children:

This experience is great for children.

Meeting time:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Meeting time:

Please consult with your host.

What to wear or bring along: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
What to wear or bring along:

The Nallur Kovil upholds strict religious rituals, and thus before entering the Kovil you should remove your shoes; women should be conservatively dressed and every man must remove his shirt. Taking photographs inside the Kovil is also not allowed.

Private or not? - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Private or not?

The visit is private, guided by your host. That said, there may be other people around at the site.

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It is important to remember that, whilst they are experts in their field, the people who run or host our experiences are not necessarily used to working in the tourism industry and may not offer the level of service you would find at a five-star hotel. For example, instead of a formal lecture, you may get a relaxed conversation where open discussion is encouraged. All of our hosts are, however, extremely engaging, knowledgeable and passionate about educating visitors about their chosen subject and we have worked with them to ensure that they deliver worthwhile, fulfilling experiences. We welcome feedback, so please let us know what you thought and if you think any improvements could be made to the experiences we offer.

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