In 1994, the impressive Sri Siva Subrahmanya Swami Temple moved from beside the flood-prone Nadi River to the southern end of town, where an evocative three-tower Hindu complex was created over a ten-year period by eight specialist craftsmen brought in from India. A leaflet for visitors details the stories behind the vividly coloured murals. The Dravidian temple is dedicated to the deity Murugan, whose statue, specially carved in India, is housed within the 12m-high main pryramidal vimanam with a rectangular toped roof. The two towers at the rear of the temple with colourful domed shaped roofs are dedicated to Ganesh and Shiva.
The best time of year to visit the temple is during one of its festivals, the most striking of which is the Thaipusam Festival, held in January/February. The festival attracts worshippers from around the world, and sees pierced devotees dragging chariots using meat hooks inserted through their flesh.