Thiruketheeswaram Temple Mannar (Ketheeswarama Temple)

Ketheeswaram temple or Thiruketheeswaram Hindu Temple in Manner is one of the most venerated Hindu Temples in Sri Lanka located in Mannar District, Nothern Province of Sri Lanka.

Ketheeswaram temple or Thiruketheeswaram Hindu Temple in Manner

This is also one of the five Pancha Ishwarams (five abodes of God Shiva) temples in Sri Lanka dedicated to Hindu deity Shiva. And also this temple was venerated by Shaivas throughout the continent. According to the Hindu natives of the Manthota, Thiruketheeswaram is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams of Shiva glorified in the poems of the Tevaram. Its is believed that there is a direct link between Ketheeswaram Temple and Ramayana trail Sri Lanka. 

Relationship to Ramayana Story Sri Lanka 

According to the Ramayana Yatra Sri Lanka, this temple was built by Mayan, the king of Manthai who is also the father of Mandothari who was the wife of king Ravana. According to the Hindu legend, Maharishi Bhrigu worshiped Shiva at this shine. Another tradition also hold that the Hindu Planetary got Ketu worshipped shiva at this shine, thus this shine is named as Ketheeswaram. Visitors can be visited this Hindu temple during your Ramayana tour in Sri Lanka. There are approximately 50 plus Ramayana sites in Sri Lanka including Ketheeswaram temple in Mannar.

History of Thiruketheeswaram Hindu Temple
This has been laid in ruins, been restored, renovated and enlarged by various royal people and devoted throughout its history. This has been proved by overlooking to the ancient period of Tamil port towns of Manthai and Kudiramalai. Throughout the history it is stated that this temple has been administered and frequented by Sri Lankan Hindu Tamils.
Some ancient places including famous tank, Palavi tank was restored from the ruins. Palavi tank is considered one of the most spiritual one by the Hindu devotees.
This temple is an ancient Dravidian architectural design. This is a Sri Lankan Hindu temple with two and half millennia long tradition as a place of worship for shiva. But it has the earliest reference of 6th century BC and reconstructed latest at 1903 AD after the destruction by Portuguese invaders and religious fanatics in 1575.

Current situation of Ketheeswaram Temple Mannar 

At present the temple has been renovated well and the colorful Gopuram of the temple attracts the everyone’s eye and many Hindus and natives visit this temple to worship and to carry out the traditional pooja for their Lord.

Location of Ketheeswaram Hindu Temple

Navathkuli – Karativu – Mannar highway
Old port town of Mannar district which is only few km from the North of Mannar town.

Contact number of Ketheeswaram Hindu Temple

023 20 50 800 If dial from outside Sri Lanka +94232050800

Minimum time needed at the site.

One hour

Distance from Colombo.

275 KM (4 to 5 Hrs drive from Colombo)

Koneswaram temple dress code

Make sure that your knees and shoulders are covered. Better to wear a charm cotton dress

Nearest Railway Station


Nearest Airport


Travel Advisory

Easy access makes it an ideal location for everyone

Tourist Attraction Places near Thiru Koneshwaram Temple 

  • Mannar Island
  • Thanthirimale
  • The Doric At Arippu
  • Baobab Tree
  • Shrine of Our Lady Of Madhu
  • Mannar Fort
  • Yoda Wewa
  • Thiruketheeswaram Kovil
  • Mannar Bird Sanctuary
  • Adam’s Bridge

Ramayana Tour Sri Lanka Tips / FAQs / Travel Notes

How many Ramayana related sites in Sri Lanka?

There are 52 Ramayana relates sites available in Sri Lanka

Can we visit Gurulupotha Sita Kotuwa during 7 Nights Ramayana Tour Sri Lanka Package ?

Generally we do not include Sita Kotuwa Ramayana site for the regular Sri Lanka Ramayana tour packages since this is located bit far from the main route and also this trek is not possible for senior citizens. But Ceylon Expeditions include this upon request or we include this for 12 nights full Ramayana tour package Sri Lanka.

Entrance fees of Ramayana Sites of Sri Lanka

No entrance fees for most of the Hindu Temples and other Ramayana related places in Sri Lanka but you may donate a reasonable amount if you wish. If you participate for the Puja / services, you need to buy a ticket (Approximately (100 – 200 Sri Lankan Rupees). But there are some places like Dambulla cave temple / Cobra Hood Sigiriya / Ashoka Vatika (Converted as a Botanic Gardens) need to pay entrance fees.

Entrance fees for Gurulupotha Sita Kotuwa

There is no entrance fees for this archeological site but you may give a reasonable donation to the Temple. (Not mandatory)

Is it safe to travel to Jaffna now?

Yes. Sri Lanka is safe country now and there is no security threat island wide

Are these Ramayana Related places open every day?

Yes most of the places are open 356 days for public from morning to evening.  Consult Ceylon Expeditions tour executive beforehand to know the exact timings.

How many Sanjeevani mountains in Sri Lanka?

There are 5 Sanjeevani Mountains in Sri Lanka namely, Dolukanda (Kurunegala) / Ritigala Nature Reserve (Habarana) / Rumassala Mountain (Galle) / Kachchativu island (Jaffna) / Thalladi (Mannar)

Important places of Ramayana in Sri Lanka

Ketheeswaram Temple Mannar, Munneswaram & Manawari Temples Chilaw , Sanjeevani mountain Ritigala, Thirukoneswaram Temple, Sita Amman Temple Nuwara Eliya , Ahoka Vatika Nuwara Eliya , Sri Bhaktha Hanuman Temple Ramboda, Gayathri Peedam Nuwara Eliya, Divurumpola Templ, Ravana Water Fall, Ravana Caves, Kataragama Temple, Sri Anjaneyar Temple Colombo, Kelaniya Buddhist temple.

Can I visit all Ramayana sites in Sri Lanka within 3 or 4 days?

Not really, you need stay at least 7 – 8 days to cover most of the important Ramayana Proofs in Sri Lanka.

How many days I need to visit all Ramayana sites in Sri Lanka?

You will need approximately 14 days to cover all Ramayana trail sites of Sri Lanka.

Can I visit other cultural or wildlife parks during Ramayana Tour in Sri Lanka?

Yes you can see other cultural triangle attractions and wildlife parks in Sri Lanka but your Ramayana Tour itinerary should be discussed with our travel executives beforehand to manage the time.

Can I visit Yala National Park while am on Ramayana Tour in Sri Lanka?

Yes possible but you need to wake-up early morning and leave for Yala National Park safari (3 Hrs on jeep safari) and then visit Kataragama Temple.

Can I participate for the Puja / services while am on Ramayana holiday in Sri Lanka?

Yes this is possible but you need to discuss with Ceylon Expeditions tour executives beforehand to check the puja timings at each Ramayana temples / kovil Sri Lanka.

What are the hotels you provide for Sri Lanka Ramayana Tours?

Generally Ceylon Expeditions provide 3 accommodation plans with mix of 3 to 5 star accommodation and you may decide the selection as per your budget. Ceylon Expeditions may change the accommodation plan as per your estimated budget.

 – Kindly note that we do not work with guest houses / 1 or 2 star hotels and we contracted ONLY with 3 Star and above recommended hotels in Sri Lanka.

But as a responsible travel company we could guide / advice you for guest hoses / 1 & 2 star hotels bookings and provide all necessary guidance for your tour FREE of CHARGE throughout the tour.

Can I have 5 star Ramayana Package?

Yes. You need to mention this to Ceylon Expeditions Tour executive when you plan the trip.

Do I get all 3 meals or only breakfast during Ramayana tour in Sri Lanka?

Generally we provide half board, both dinner & breakfast included package except lunch but we could include lunch upon request.

Can I change the Ramayana itinerary in Sri Lanka while am on tour?

Not at all. You cannot change the accommodation plan which we already confirmed but you may change itinerary if time permits. Charges may apply if any additional transport / mileage is required

What is best time to do a Sri Lanka Ramayana tour?

Year around. Generally summer period (Till end of Oct) hotel rates are comparatively lower than winter.

Can I access all Ramayana sites of Sri Lanka like Ravana Caves?

Yes you can go up to the entrance of the caves but it’s not possible to go inside of the Ravana cave while you are on holiday.

Can senior citizens access Sanjeevani mountains / Ravana caves / Ravana Ella (Falls) ?

We do not recommend to climb these Ravana caves / Sanjeevani Mountains for senior citizens. But you can see all places from the main road.

Are these Ramayana tours are exclusive or group tours?

We operate private / exclusive family type holidays and we never merge you with another family or group.

Can I get a Tamil or Hindi speaking guide for Ramayana tour in Sri Lanka?

Yes but subject to availability. Generally we provide English speaking Ramayana qualified guides for all our tours. All Ceylon Expeditions Guides carefully handpicked / well qualified responsible guides who passed the rigorous examination held by SLTDA (Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority of Gov)

Can I buy mobile SIM card on arrival / do you provide SIM card for travelers on arrival?

Yes Ceylon Expeditions provide a free SIM card on arrival. Need to request in advance along with your copy of passport.

Do I get free Wi-Fi during Ramayana tour in Sri Lanka?

We do provide free Wi-Fi connection throughout the tour. Only one router per coach which maximum 10 devices / people can be connected at once.
Also you will get free Wi-Fi from most of the star class hotels you stay.

Do I receive emergency support from Ceylon Expeditions while we are on tour?

Of course you will receive 24 x 7 support for all tours from Colombo end.

Can I join with your group of Ramayana tour in Sri Lanka ?

Yes, then you need to contact our India agent Mumbai / Chennai or Bangalore
Refer below email address

Can I book Sri lanka Ramayana tour package from Chennai ?

Yes, you need to contact our agent in Mumbai / Chennai / Bangalore

Please email to [email protected]

Can we pay Ramayana tour package cost to your Indian agent in Mumbai / Chennai ?

Yes of course. You can directly pay to our agent in Mumbai / Chennai.

Do you serve pure vegetarian food during our Ramayana tour in Sri Lanka

Yes, Ceylon Expeditions inform all hotels to serve veg dishes and we closely monitor the food management. But when you stay 4 or 5 star hotel during the Ramayana tour, you need serve from the regular buffet but we will inform to all hotels to arrange veg dishes well in advance,

What is the meal plan for Ramayana package Sri Lanka ?

All group tours are full board and you will receive all 3 meals from arrival to departure, We provide dinner & breakfast from the hotel where you stay but all lunches will be served outside recommended tourist restaurants.

Do you provide airport assistance for Ramayana tours in Sri Lanka ?

Of course, you will welcome by Ceylon Expeditions tour manager and your guide.
Also we do keep close communications you / airport authority / airlines by keeping constant updates on your flight.

For any other clarification, please reach us

Ramayana Tour Sri Lanka Help Desk
Email [email protected]
Hotline +94 717 88 44 99
WhatsApp / Viber +94 714 276 985

References to the article

  • Mr. S. Kalaiselvam (Former Director General of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority)
  • Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management – SLITHM
  • Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (Ramayana Trail Sri Lanka) – SLTDA