The Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam Kovil also known as Kapikaawatha Shivan Temple was built in the 17th century by a group of Indian Chetty traders known as ‘Thiruvilanga Nakarathar’ who moved to Sri Lanka for business.
The temple is an interesting structure built in 1783 with a lot of smaller statues by skilled temple architects and sculptors from India. The lotus-carved main door, stone statues are the most significant elements of the temple.
Sri Lanka attracted Indian Chetty traders during the time where the Dutch ruled the coastal areas, and managed the incoming trades. Indian Chettys were Hindus in religion, and in the start had a small shrine under a tree, which then evolved to the current Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam Kovil. The foundation was laid in 1783.
The temple is an interesting attraction for its decorations, sculptures and hindu traditions. Note that you are expected to wear the Vatican dress code.