How to Visit the Temple in The Sea, Trinidad

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After spending a couple of days discovering Trinidad's gorgeous beaches and breath-taking waterfalls, we decided to discover the south of Trinidad island. 

 

Whereas the north of Trinidad island is dominated by the capital Port of Spain and is densely populated, the south of Trinidad is more rural and nature is abundant. The south also boats a larger number of Hindu temples and sights.

 

One of the most popular and most extraordinary Hindu temples of Trinidad and Tobago is the Temple in Sea. Discover here the captivating background story and how to visit this emblematic sight of Trinidad island and its Hindu culture.

Almost 1/3 of Trinidad's population has an Indian background. This gives the two island state an amazing cultural richness. It was one of the reasons why Trinidad seemed so exotic to us in comparison with other Caribbean states.

 

The Indian influences mixed with the rich African and European heritage make you feel Trinidad's vibrancy at any street corner: Music, food, clothes, architecture... All of them are a symbol of a fascinating cultural melting pot.

 

When it comes to religion, everybody can practice their religion freely. When on Trinidad's roads, don't be surprised to find a Presbyterian church in front of a Hindu temple.


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How to Get There

 

By car:

Best reached via the route to Chaguanas, the Temple in the Sea is very near the popular Hanuman Temple in Waterloo. I recommend to rent a car to visit the Temple in the Sea as it cannot be reached via public transportation.

 

Check car rental deals in Trinidad here.

 

 With a tour:

Visit the Temple in the Sea and other Hindu temples in Trinidad with this Full-Day Tour


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Murti with flowers near Temple in the Sea

Thanks to our host, we heard about a Hindu temple with the mystical name "Temple in the Sea". It is located about 1h30 drive from Port of Spain in Waterloo, Carapichaima.

 

Indeed the temple is surrounded by a unique mysterious atmosphere. Set in the sea, exotic birds circumvent the temple and broken Hindu murtis are everywhere.

 

Since I have never been to India, the "Temple in the Sea" was an eye-opening experience: the flags and Hindu statues adorning the temple, the murtis of Lord Shiva with flowers around their necks... All this reminded me India how I knew it from the movies.

 

The Temple in the Sea is surrounded by beautiful, colorful flags. Each flag's color has meaning and significance, and there are Hindu deities inside the temple.

 

Despite it's small size, the Temple in the Sea is a symbol of great persistence and love.

 

Visit the Temple in the Sea and other Hindu temples in Trinidad with this Full-Day Tour

The Background Story of Temple in the Sea

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A true mystical place

 

But the story behind the construction of the Temple in the Sea is even more fascinating and emotional than the setting itself.

 

Indeed the Temple in the Sea was built by one single man with his bicycle, a few buckets and the material that he could find in his immediate surroundings. Engineers have no idea how he did it.

 

The temple was first built by an Indian sugar-worker called Sewdass Sadhu. He would save and spend all his meager wages to travel back to India to worship at the holy shrines. But as the years passed, the prices to travel from Trinidad to India rose a lot. Too much for a labourer earning 20$ a month.

 

Consequently Sadhu decided to create a place of worship in Trinidad where already thousands of Indians were living at that time. He created a beautiful temple which quickly became a place of worship for Hindus in Trinidad. Five years later his temple was destroyed by the State, owner of Caroni-land and Sadhu got fined and went to jail.

 

As soon as he got out of jail, Sadhu started building a new temple. This time he would built his temple in the sea which was not owned by the state. He dedicated himself during the 25 coming years to built a new place of worship for the Trinidadian Hindus.

 

With nothing than with his hands, his bicycle, a leather bag and some steel drums, Sadhu created an artificial island by offshoring, toiling and unloading barrels of dirt into the Gulf. All the stones were carried in his leather bag. The sea erosion prevented him from completing his work before his death.

 

Visit the Temple in the Sea and other Hindu temples in Trinidad with this Full-Day Tour 

In 1994 the government at that time helped Sadhu to finish his beloved temple. Nowadays the "Temple in the Sea" is a complete prayer complex with a kitchen, a restroom, a dining room and a veranda running around the building.

 

The story behind the temple and its amazing setting, especially during sunset, make the "Temple in the Sea" an absolute must-do when in Trinidad.

 

Visit the Temple in the Sea and other Hindu temples in Trinidad with this Full-Day Tour


On the way back from Temple in the Sea, Waterloo, direction highway, you'll drive along the Sri Dattatreya Yoga Centre Trinidad in Carapachaima which is famous for its 85ft/26m Hanuman Murti. It's considered to be the highest Hanuman Murti statue outside India.

 

Visit the Temple in the Sea and other Hindu temples in Trinidad with this Full-Day Tour


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Temple in the Sea in Waterloo
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Temple in the Sea is dedicated to Sewdass Sadhu
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The story behind the temple demonstrates that anything is possible once you put your mind to it.
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Monument to Sadhu, the creator of one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindu worshipers in Trinidad
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The Temple is also known as Sewdass Sadhu Shiv Mandir
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View on the beautiful bay in Carapichaima

Where to stay in Trinidad: We loved Ramela's B&B. It's a room in a villa in one of the best neighborhood of Port of Spain. (There are still many places that are not recommended to be visited at night by tourists). The owner was super kind and professional.

 

 

 For more information about tourism in Trinidad and Tobago, I recommend the following webpage: Tourism Board of Trinidad and Tobago

 

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