The Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil is one of Sri Lanka’s most prominent Hindu temples. Since its original construction in 948 AD, the building has been rebuilt four times but is still a fascinating cultural site to explore. Enter through the kovil’s main entrance – one of four gateways to this extensive religious complex – which is framed by an ornately-carved five-storey tower made in a Dravidian architectural style, and explore the inner courtyard which has shrines for Lord Ganesh, Vairayar, Sun and Sandana Gopala. In the southern wing, you will find the Thandayudhapaani shrine which is dedicated to Lord Muruga (the temple’s presiding deity is Lord Murugan), and a holy pond. There is also a locked underground cellar which contains several Chola bronzes from the 10th century that had been donated to the shrine by the Chola queen Sembiyan Mahadevi.