Kapaleeswara Temple is an 8th century temple greatly influenced by Dravidian architecture and is devoted to Lord Shiva. It was built by the Pallavas and was destroyed by the Portuguese and rebuilt as the Santhome Cathedral Basilica. The present temple was rebuilt 1.5 kms away from the Cathedral. The temple has a 36 meter gateway tower which is adorned by detailed figures and inscriptions which date back to 1250 A.D. The temple houses some exquisite sculptures which include 63 bronze idols of Nayanmars Saints in the outer courtyard. The courtyard also has a shrine dedicated to Goddess Parvati. Several other deities like Vinayaka, Durga, Muruga, Dakshinamurti, Saneeswara, Chandikeswara and Annamalaiyar are also worshipped here. The place comes alive during the 10 day Arupathumoovar Festival in March. Devotees from far and wide come to pay respect to the deity and offer prayers, fruits and flowers.