Sightseeing Negombo (Sri Lanka): The Munneswaram Temple (Munneswaram Devasthanam)
The Munneswaram temple (Munneswaram Devasthanam) is located in a small village near Chilaw in the North from Negombo. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered one of the oldest temples in Sri Lanka, although originally founded in the year 1000 of the temple, nothing was to be preserved. Largely due to the Portuguese who destroyed it twice (in 1578 and 1600), and the stubbornness of the locals who restored it again and again, today it looks impressive. Is a complex of several temples, including the main Shrine to Shiva (center), in the South-East and South-West – Shrine to Ganesha, in the North-East corner is a Buddhist Shrine for Ayyanayake. According to some, part of the walls of the main altar to Shiva dated back to the late XVI - early XVII centuries look Very impressive bas-reliefs of Hindu deities along the outer wall of the chariot for religious ceremonies and festivals. In the Eastern part of the entrance grows a Bodhi tree, and behind him the sacred pond.
Overall - a worthwhile place. Very often visit the temple during a trip from Negombo to Anuradhapura or resorts in the Northern Sri Lanka.
🚶 How to get there: located at the intersection from at Chilaw Wariyapola Rd. 2.5 km to the East (the temple on the interactive map of Negombo). To get here you have to drive about 45 miles along the coast to the town of Chilaw where at the main roundabout (circle), turn right and drive for another 2.5 km
🕐 Working time: daytime
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free