Temple of Colosse

The East

Temple of Colosse is, by far, the most striking Tamil temple in Réunion. With its brightly painted decor, it's very photogenic. Since it's not open to the public, you’ll have to content yourself with peering through the railings. It regularly hosts various Tamil ceremonies.

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