Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil
An icon of Hinduism in the bygone capital of Jaffna
For centuries, the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil has been a revered symbol of the peninsula to not only followers of Hinduism, but all faiths. The golden temple gleams under the northern sun, and stands tall above the ancient capital of the bygone Jaffna Kingdom. The legacy of the kovil is an integral element to our northern heritage, hosting the annual Nallur festival in August every year. Spanning over a period of 25 days, this festival is the longest in Sri Lanka, and showcases a vibrant array of colourful processions with drumming, dancing, and more.
Situated in the suburbs of Jaffna, the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil can be reached via a 10-minute drive from North Gate by Jetwing. Its location outside the central hustle and bustle of our modern northern capital allows you to witness a fascinating array of neighbourhoods, and also pay a visit to the famed Rio Ice Cream Parlor for a cooling treat in the vicinity.