The Umbilo Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple

The Umbilo Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple

The Umbilo Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple situated in Cato Manor, also known as the Second River Temple was the first public Hindu temple built on the African continent, and has been declared a national monument. The first temple which the Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple was built to replace, was constructed in 1875. The First River temple which faced eastwards down the slope towards the Umbilo River, from which the temple gets its name, was destroyed in 1905 when the river flooded.

It was agreed that the new temple should be rebuilt further away from the banks of the river, and the current location in Bellair Road was decided upon in 1947. The Second River temple also faces east towards the Umbilo River, however is towered over by the recently constructed Albert Luthuli Hospital. The temple houses one of the finest existing collections of religious sculpture in Durban. An interesting aspect of the sculpture is the inclusion of the Pather Family, the temples donors, among the sacred images. The area around the temple is dotted with various ancillary structures, which are also all richly decorated. The Umbilo Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple is said to be the most interesting and atmospheric of the eight temples of Cato Manor, and well worth a visit.

Accommodation Near The Umbilo Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple

Nunuburd Lodge

Self Catering Rooms With Communal Kitchen in Glenwood, Durban

1.2km East of The Umbilo Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple

"Nunuburd" is dedicated to providing good value for money accommodation and service beyond compare, ensuring your accommodation needs are not only met, but exceeded.

Sleeps: 10 in 5 units/rooms

An Upper Room B+B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Manor Gardens

1.2km East of The Umbilo Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple

An Upper Room B+B is situated on Durban's ridge with a spectacular view over the harbour. There are 4 twin bedded en-suite rooms, all with TV & DSTV. The rooms are fully air-conditioned.

Sleeps: 47 in 21 units/rooms

Villa Picasso

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Glenwood, Durban

1.8km East of The Umbilo Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple

Villa Picasso exudes a European influence with East African undertones, creating a uniquely metropolitan appeal. We warmly invite you to experience our guest house which offers superior services and fabulous features.

Sleeps: 10 in 2 units/rooms

Palm Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sherwood

2.0km North West of The Umbilo Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple

Located in a quiet and secure residential area, we offer self catering accommodation. Air-conditioning with TV, M-Net, DStv and swimming pool. Private driveway and entrance with secure parking. Dinner on request.

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Sleeps: 18 in 9 units/rooms

Mackaya Bella Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Glenwood, Durban

2.0km South East of The Umbilo Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple

Mackaya Bella is an established 4 star modern, eco-friendly bed and breakfast, situated in the newly revitalised suburb of Durban South, close to numerous restaurants, galleries, cafes and boutiques.

Graded:
Sleeps: 36 in 12 units/rooms

Roseland House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Glenwood, Durban

2.0km North East of The Umbilo Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple

Our home has been lovingly adorned with many antiques from this period. All 7 en-suite double rooms are air-conditioned and tastefully furnished with your comfort in mind. Some rooms have their own private court yards and all have TV, hostess tray...

Oliveroom

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Glenwood, Durban

2.2km South East of The Umbilo Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple

Comfortable, twin bed accommodation with en-suite shower opens onto a sunny patio and beautiful secluded garden.

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Sleeps: 32 in 8 units/rooms

Villa La Palma

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Glenwood, Durban

2.6km East of The Umbilo Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple

All our units are equipped with cooling and heating air-conditioners for your comfort as well as TV, Hi-Fi, DVD Player and a large selection of satellite and local channels for your easy viewing. Tea, coffee and bottled water is complimentary and ...

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Chelsea Villa Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Glenwood, Durban

2.6km East of The Umbilo Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple

Built in 1890, Chelsea Villa Guest House is one of the original Victorian Homes in the area. Great care has been taken to preserve most of the original fixtures during times of renovation and decorating, to ensure that the house maintains the ...

Botany Bay Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Berea, Durban

3.4km North East of The Umbilo Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple

Our lodge has en-suite bedrooms with tv's fans and air conditioners for those balmy Durban evenings. We also offer safe off-street parking, pool bar, laundry / maid service and a fully fitted communal kitchen for your self catering requirments...