The Koneshwaram Temple atop Swami Rock has a rich history spanning centuries and, not to mention, one of the best views from Trincomalee, on the East coast of Sri Lanka. In fact on a clear day, in season, they say this is the best vantage point to see blue whales.
Now seated at the highest point of fort Fredrick, this Temple was once an elaborate 1000 pillar Temple, much like the one found in Moodbidiri, India. The Portuguese, in their colonial wisdom plundered the temple throwing most of the idols over the edge and stealing the gold.
Since then the temple has seen many renovations, including a 40 foot tall Shiva statue that over looks the rock and its 'lover's leap', also called Shiva's cleft. But you can still see the idols if you go for a dive below. Which we did. All the way down.