The walk up takes you through local market stalls and it is a bit loud and full of people with decorations, coconuts, food, sweets, clothes, etc. At the top of the hill is a well-deserved reward in the form of master Hindu temple — Koneswaram temple. I was there at the time when it was repairing, so my photos are certainly not representative. Under the blanket is lord Shiva.
The Kovil was destroyed a couple of times, by international struggles during colonization of the island and by a tsunami, Fort was part of the civil war, as well. Highly recommend you to make a visit in the evening or the early morning with the sunrise or sunset.
Before you can go to the holy area of the Kovil, you have to take off your shoes and pay 20 Rupees for keeping them in a shoebox. When you take off your shoes, be aware that walking on hot sand can hurt. Also, it may occasionally happen that someone takes your shoes, accidentally or intentionally. And, of course, women should cover their shoulders and knees.
No entrance fees.
And what about the wooden boxes?
Women who pray for being pregnant tie a wooden box to this sacred tree of the Temple, a Vilvam tree, to make the wish stronger. Now, the tree wholly overloaded with little wooden cradles hung by devotees wishing for children.
Coconuts you can see behind believed to be sacred, pure, clean and healthy fruit. Once a broken piece is placed as an offering to Lord Shiva.
Lover’s Leap. It is named after a love-stricken young girl, daughter of a Portuguese Official, threw herself to death after a forbidden lover was sent from her, back to Europe. During autumn, the whales are in this area. If you are lucky, you can also see them from the viewpoint where Koneswaram Kovil is standing. I do not support these ideas, because as the tourists want to see whales, ships are getting too close and can be threatening and confusing.