Plan Your Visit
The front area of the monastery up to the private temple entry wall and gate leading to Kadavul Hindu Temple is open from 9:00 AM - noon. All are welcome to meditate under the awesome banyan tree, explore the large information panels. in the Banyan Mandapam. which tell about our monastery and the Hindu religion and browse through the many publications and Hindu religious supplies in our Mini-Mela visitor center. Always plan to come in the morning.
Unlike most Hindu temples which are public, Kadavul Hindu Temple and the monastery grounds surrounding it are private, due to their presence within a traditional Saivite aadheenam or monastery/temple complex. To protect the sanctity of the temple ceremony, only those visitors who wish to worship at the traditional 9:00 AM temple ceremony (Siva puja) are welcome to enter the inner gate leading to the temple before 10:30 AM. Visitors who do not wish to participate in the worship are welcome to enter this area from 10:30 AM - noon.
For information about our regular public tours, please continue reading below.
You are welcome to attend the traditional Hindu worship ceremony (called puja) at 9 am. Inside the temple, guests should ideally sit cross-legged, but never with legs stretched out towards the Deity. No video or photography is allowed of the inside of the temple.
Note: Only those wishing to worship or meditate should enter Kadavul Temple.
A self-guided tour is available for the front area. Download the map or pick it up along with an accompanying booklet at the entrance. The tour will give you a basic introduction to the monastery and its areas of service. Please come early. The property closes at noon.
If you are a Hindu planning to visit for worship or pilgrimage, please read our additional guidelines here.
If you are a passenger on a cruise that is docking at Nawiliwili, Kauai's ocean port, please read our additional guidelines here.
Guests are encouraged to dress in traditional Hindu clothing when visiting. Alternatively, modest clothing is permitted. No shorts, short dresses, t-shirts or tank tops. Polo shirts are okay.
Some Other Important Guidelines
- Video and photography of the inside of Kadavul Temple is not permitted. All other areas may be photographed.
- We ask visitors to bring an umbrella as it rains often here.
- It is always prudent, even in paradise, not to leave valuables in your car.
- Please note, we do not provide meals at the monastery. You are welcome to use our local Kauai Dining Guide to help plan your meals while on pilgrimage.
- For groups planning a visit or for Hindus planning a pilgrimage, or seeking audience with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, it is best to email us in advance to coordinate your visit, and check Bodhinatha's travel schedule to see if he will be in residence during your visit.
Public Guided Tours
Approximately once a week, a guided tour begins at 9am in the gazebo at the monastery entrance, 107 Kaholalele Road. It lasts about 90 minutes. The tour is free, however love offerings are welcomed, as donations from visitors are what allows us to continue building Iraivan Temple and beautify this sanctuary. Parking is very limited, therefore reservations are required. Please call toll free 1-888-735-1619 to find out upcoming tour dates and reserve your parking space. Reservations are not required if you arrive by taxi and the taxi does not stay. Highlights of the walking tour include:
- Introduction to the monastery and Hinduism
- The 353-acre spiritual sanctuary with its botanical gardens, waterways and ponds
- Watch the stone craftsmen, silpis, from India carve and assemble the granite Iraivan Temple--a noble icon of Hinduism's beauty and greatness
- The awesome, monolithic, 20,000-pound, 12-foot-tall black granite statue of God Siva as Dakshinamurthi
- Kadavul Hindu Temple with its central sanctum housing an exquisite, 6-foot-tall bronze statue of God Siva as Nataraja, Lord of the Dance. The temple also houses Iraivan Temple's future 700-pound, 39-inch-tall quartz crystal Sivalingam deity.
For answers to frequently asked questions about Kauai's Hindu Monastery, click here.