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Koneswarum Kovil

The Koneswarum Kovil in Trincomalee is a Hindu kovil which sits atop Swami Rock, also referred to as ‘Lovers Leap’, a sheer cliff which stands 350ft above sea level close to Fort Frederick. It is said that the name `Lovers Leap’ was coined after an incident involving a Dutch Officer's daughter who had leapt into the sea at this point following a broken love affair. Although the original ancient kovil was destroyed by the Portuguese during the 16th century, it was rebuilt and many of the precious artefacts it housed were uncovered from the ocean floor in the mid-1900s. Poojas or religious services are conducted here at dusk each day, which are mesmerising the watch, and the views of Trincomalee’s natural harbour and the Indian Ocean are magnificent.

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