Thirukoneshwaram, is one of the famous and most visited Shiva temples in Sri Lanka. Climbing along the mountain to reach the temple is a different experience compared to other Shiva temples in Sri Lanka. When entering the premises, through the Dutch fort, vehicles are permitted only up to a certain distance. Beyond that, the visitors will have to walk climbing the mountain. Along the path, there are several boutiques with local handcrafts and street food. This temple bears a history of over the three millennia with its records indicating roots in 1580 BC. The beautiful, religious and historical monument is what remains of what once was a sprawling temple city equal to the ancient city of Madurai, India. Tour Operators link Koneswaram Temple with the Ramayana Yatra, where it is believed that this temple is related to Ravana. There’s also a split in the mountain range that is said to be cut by Ravana of Ramayana. A huge statue of shiva is established in front of the temple. The beautiful view of the mountain surrounded by the sea, gives more value to its beauty and brings in peace to everyone who visits. There are a few archeological monuments seen behind the mountain towards the sea side that can either be seen if travelled on a boat or through flying a drone. This place is known to be the oldest temple that was demolished by Portuguese when acquiring the premises to build the dutch fort.