Also known as KKS, Kankesanthurai houses the Maviddapuram Kandaswamy Temple, Keerimalai Naguleswaram temple, and Kankesanthurai beach rest in its vicinity. Kankesanthurai acted as the first naval hub in the country, which housed the first Navy Base in the country. Today, this hub has transformed into a family beach where views of visitors basking in the sun or swimming in the cool waters is a common sight.
The name Kankesanthurai was inspired by the Sri Lankan god, Kankesan (Murugan). As this shrine was brought through the Gayathurai port, it was renamed as Kankesanthurai to honour him. Thurai in Sri Lankan means port. This picturesque village with a beautiful history has some of the best beaches in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. The main beach being the KKS and the other one being the Casuarina Beach, the beaches here are less-crowded, spotless, and untouched. Visitors coming to this part of the village indulge in long strolls, picnics by the beach and boat rides. Some of the other attractions along with the beach-side include Keerimalai Springs and Naval Port among others.
Since it is a small village, the accommodation options are quite limited. All the attractions nestled in this area can be visited in a day. The best way to get to Kankesanthurai is via train, bus, or a private taxi, of which, the train ride is the most beautiful.
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