Kerala Spiritual Tour

Kerala is the pilgrimage centre in South India. Temples of Kerala are most known for their uniqueness in structure, rituals, offerings, customs etc. There are uncountable religious places in Kerala which are the major attraction for religious tourists visiting India from worldwide. The architecture, beauty, scenic view of nature from temples and believes about these temples are the main draws of these temples. Sabarimala, Guruvayur, Padmanabhaswamy, Vadakkumnathan are few of the most revered temples of Kerala.

Kalpathy Temple

Location: 3 km from Palakkad town
Dedicated To: Lord Shiva
Built In: 1425
Build By: Ruler of Palakkad, Kombi Achan
Famous Festival: Chariot festival
Best time to visit: September to February.
Get there: The international airport is Cochin which is 160 kilometers from the Kelpathy temple.

The Chariot festival is the famous festival which is celebrated at this temple. The international airport is Cochin which is 160 kilometers from the Kelpathy temple. The best time to visit is September to February. The Kalpathy Vishwanatha Swamy temple is the oldest Shiva temple. The idol of Lord Subramanya is surrounded by his three consorts, Valli and Devayani, and Kalabairava. On the right hand side of the inner prakara you can find the Kanaka Sabhai where there is the bronze idol of Lord Nataraja. Another remarkable feature of the Kalpathy Temple is the Ashtabandhanam or the amalgam of eight elements that connects the two pedestals of the two idols of Sri Viswanathaswamy and Sri Visalakshi.

Kanjiramattom Mosque

Location: Ernakulum, Kochi.
Dedicated To: Sheikh Fariduddin
Famous Festival: Kodikuthu
Get there: It is situated at a distance of twenty-five kilometers from the railway station of Ernakulam. The visitors who want to travel by air will have to get down at the Cochin International Airport.

The Kanjiramattom Mosque is situated at the Kochi (30 kilometers) at the district of Ernakulum. This shrine was constructed in the memory of the holy Sheikh Fariduddin. Kodikuthu is the famous festival which is celebrated in the month of January. There are several devotees come to celebrate this festivals. Fort Kochi, Dutch palace, Bolghatty palace are the main attractions around that pilgrims. The Kanjiramattom Kodikuthu at Ernakulam is one of the important religious festivals of Kerala. It is also one of the most colourful muslim festivals in Kerala. People dress in their best clothes and offer their prayers in the Kanjiramattom mosque during this festival.

Koodalmanikyam Temple

Location: Irinjalakuda, Thrissur District of Kerala.
Dedicated To: Bharatha brother of Lord Ram
Build in: 9th century
Famous Festival: Kudalmanikyam Arattu festival
Get there: Thrissur Railway Station or Thrissivaperur Railway Station is another major railhead around 20km from Irinjalakuda. Koodalmanikyam Bharatha Temple is about 45 km from International Airport at Kochi.

This is the only temple in India of Bharatha who was the brother of Lord Ram. It is located in the Irinjalakuda, a small town in Thrissur District of Kerala. This temple is attractive because of its round shape and covered copper plates. Kudalmanikyam Arattu festival is the festival of 11 days which is celebrated in mid April to mid May. The temple was a former Jain temple and it was converted into a Hindu temple during the period of decline of Jainism in South India. Koodalmanikyam Temple is surrounded by four vast ponds. Of which the Kuttan Kulam, located outside the compound on the eastern side, and Kulipini Theertham, located inside the compound are the two largest.

Kulathupuzha Temple

Location: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Dedicated To: Lord Ayyappa
Famous Festival: Vishnu Mahotsavam
Get there: The Thenmal railway stationis just 10 km from here. There are regular buses from Kollam to Kulathupuzha.

This temple is located in the Thiruvananthapuram, in Kerala. Vishnu Mahotsavam is the main festival which is celebrated in the April or May. Lord Ayyappa is greatly adored by the Keralites. There is an interesting legend regarding the origin of the Ayyappa Temple at Kulathupuzha which is around 25 kilomerets north of Kulathupuzha. Sastha is the major attraction.

Lokanarkavu Temple

Location: Memunda, Kozhikode district of Kerala.
Dedicated To: Goddess Bhagwathi
Build By: Aryans Brahmins
Famous Festival: Mandala
Best time to visit: November – December and March - April
Get there: The Calicut airport is the nearest airport.

The Lokanarkavi temple is located at the Memunda in the Kozhikode district of Kerala (5 kilometers). This temple is Goddess Bhagwathi associated with the heroes and heroines of Vadakkanpattu. Lokanarkavu Bhagavathy Temple was built by the Aryans Brahmins. This 1500-year old Goddess Durga temple has two shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The three-rock cut caves in the temple premises are beautifully engraved with carvings and murals.The Calicut airport is the nearest airport.

Madayi Mosque

Location: 22 Kms from Kannur
Built In: 1124 AD
Build By: Malik lbn Dinar
Best time to visit: July to March
Get there: You can get down at the Calicut Airport and travel to the mosque. The Kannur railway station is the located at a very short distance from the Madayi Mosque.

It is the most visited place and eminent pilgrims of Muslim which is originally built in 1124 AD by Malik lbn Dinar, a Muslim Preacher. This is made of white marble and located at the Kannur town (22 kilometers), Kerala. This is built by Tipu Sultan. The ideal time to visit here is July to March. In this mosque there is a block made of marble that is brought from Mecca by the founder of Madayi Mosque. The architecture of this mosque is in the Mughal form and has a very beautiful structure of the mosque.

Malayatoor Church

Location: center in Kerala
Dedicated to: St. Thomas
Built in: AD 52
Best time to visit: whole year
Get there: Malayatoor Church is easily reachable from anywhere in Kerala and Cochin as the place is well connected by a wide network of roads.

Dutch palace and fort Kochi are the main attractions around this pilgrim. Thousands throng the Malayatoor Church for the blessings of St Thomas during this time. Malayattoor is a meeting place of mountain, river, and land. The church is constructed in the Greco-Roman architectural style. The church has been decorated with beautiful carvings, designs and paintings that depict the life of Jesus Christ. There are facilities for confession and adoration also in this church. The church also has an ancient pond that was sued for baptism purposes and a traditional pulpit that is considered to be of much historical significance.

Mannarasala Temple

Location: 40 kilometers from the Alappuzha and near to town of Haripad
Dedicated To: Nagaraja
Famous Festival: Mannarasala
Get there: Cochin International Airport, around 100 km.

This temple is situated 40 kilometers from the Alappuzha and near to town of Haripad which is 6000 years old. It is devoted to snakes means famous temple of Nagaraja. Mannarasala is the famous festival. This is the most famous for snake worshiped in India.

Mar Thoma Church, Mulanthuruthy

Built In: 1675
Location: At Mulanthuruthy in Ernakulum District of Kerala
Get there: Mulanthuruthy Marthoman Church can be reached from Kochi and Kanjiramattom. The nearest railhead is Mulanthuruthy Railway Station.

The Mar Thoma Church was established between AD 1110 and 1125 in 1675. It is the historic church. The church is famous for its historical importance. The church has the style of Gothic architecture and the carvings, sculptures symbolic icons and the beautiful wall paintings are a blend of other architectures namely, Indian, West Asian and European.

Oachira Temple

Location: Kollam town, Kerala
Dedicated To: Parabrahman and Oachira
Famous Festival: Panthranduvilakku
Best time to visit: August to December
Get there: The closest airport is Cochin which is 130 kilometers from this temple.

This temple is dedicated to Parabrahman and Oachira is sole place of worship with neither a structure to house an idol nor an idol around which temples are usually built. Panthranduvilakku is the famous festival which is twelve day festival of lights. It is celebrated in mid June of year. The temple is also known as Dakshina Kashi and a unique offering to the temple is in the form of bulls. The best time to visit here is August to December. This unique temple setting itself is a big attraction to hundreds of visitors coming to the temple every day, irrespective religious faith.

Pazhayangadi Mosque

Location: Northern part of Kerala
Dedicated To: Mohammad Shah
Best time to visit: February to March
Main Festival: Valia Nercha Festival
Get there: The nearest airport is Karipura airport which is at the distance of 5 kilometers and Calicut airport is the 36 kilometres away from this Mosque.

It is the 5000 years old mosque famous for its structure which is located at the northern part of Kerala and it is the most outstanding worshiping place of Muslim. It is also called the Kondotty Mosque. It is the oldest and famous Mosque which is 18 kilometers from the C. This Mosque is dedicated to Mohammad Shah and it is built in Mughal Style. The nearest airport is Karipura airport which is at the distance of 5 kilometers and Calicut airport is the 36 kilometres away from this Mosque.

Guruvayoor Temple

Location: Thrissur district
Dedicated To: Lord Krishna
Famous Festival: Ulsavam, Vishu, Ashtami Rohini, Mandalam, Ekadasi, Ashtami Rohini, Kuchela's Day, Chembai Music Festival and Narayaneeyam day
Get there: The nearest airport is Kochi that lies at a distance of 90 kms from Guruvayoor.

This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, holiest place of the south India where thousands of devotees offer the pray to Lord Sri Krishna located in the Thrissur district (29 kilometers). Art museums, town Hall etc are the tourists’ destinations during travelling of Guruvayoor Temple. The term 'Guruvayur' is said to have been derived from two words, 'Guru' (preceptor of the gods) and 'Vayu' (god of winds). The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, who is also known by the name of Guruvayoorappan. Due to its reverence, Guruvayur Temple is also known as 'Dakshina Dwaraka' (Southern Dwarka).

Ettumanoor Temple

Location: Ernakulum, Kottayam.
Dedicated To: Lord Shiva Lord Shiva
Built In: 16 century
Famous Festival: Arattu festival
Get there: Excellent rail links from the temple through Kottayam Station and road links through Kottayam Central bus stand connect the city with the rest of the state. Alleppey, Mannar, Chempakulam, Mankombu and Ambalapuzha are connected by ferry services and the ferry station is about 3 km away.

This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in Ernakulum and 12 kilometers north of the Kottayam. It is built in the 16 century. It is believed that the great philosopher Sankaracharya wrote the 'Soundaraya Lahari' staying in the temple. Its copper plated conical roof and mural paintings with sculptures depicting scenes from Ramayana, Bhagwata and Hindu Mythology increases the prettiness of this temple. There is a golden flag staff inside the temple. The Ettumanoor Shiva Temple is an excellent example of the extensive usage of beautiful and expertly created murals in the temples of Kerala.

Chottanikkara Temple

Location: Chittanikkara, Ernakulum.
Dedicated To: Laxminarayana
Famous Festival: Maasi Magam
Best time to visit: October to March
Get there: The temple is about 38 km from Cochin International Airport.

This temple is located near the town of Chittanikkara at the 17 kilometers distance of Ernakulum with amazing beauty. The Chottanikkara Temple is dedicated to goddess Bhgawati with Narayana that is Laxminarayana. The statue of Bhagwati does not match the human sculptor. This image is irregular shape with four arms and covered with the golden Kavacam. People suffering from mental illnesses commonly visit the temple, as Bhagawati is thought to cure her devotees. One should not miss the 'Guruthi Pooja' in the 'Keezhkkaavu' temple at Chottanikkara.

Cheraman Juma Masjid

Location: Kodungalloor taluk, Kerala.
Build in: 11th century AD.
Best time to visit: September to May
Get there: The nearest airport is Nedumbassery International Airport. Cheraman Juma Masjid is the Famous Masjid in India which is located in the Methala Village of Kodungalloor taluk in the state of Kerala.

It is the first Masque in India where the Juma prayers were started. It is built in the 11th century AD. The wooden interior of the ancient mosque remains intact but the exterior was changed completely. The Muslim devotees flock to the mosque during the holy Ramzan. It boasts of being the second mosque in the world to hold prayers on Juma baar.. Cherai Beach, Mahadeva temple, Kodungallor Bhagavathi are the other tourist spots.

Ananthapura Lake Temple

Location: Ananthapura, Bekal
Dedicated To: Sri Padmanabha
Famous Festival: Thepotsavam
Get there: The nearest airport is Karipur international airport (200 kms) and Kasargod is the nearest railway station (12 kms).

This temple is dedicated to Sri Padmanabha (Lord Vishnu) placed at the Ananthapura, 30 kilometers from Bekal. The Payaswini River and wooden surrounding temple attracts the devotees each year. From the top of the hill, one can have an overall view of the beautiful area amassed by greenery. There is a crocodile in this lake that is considered to guard the temple. The most surprising thing is that it is a vegetarian crocodile named Babia. It does not even feed on the fishes in the lake. It is believed that this crocodile is present here for the past 60 years and lives in a cave nearby.

Anantha padmanabhaswamy Temple

Location: Trivandrum
Dedicated To: God Anathapadmanabha swamy and Goddess Sri Hari Lakshmi Thayaar
Build in: 1733 AD
Build By: Raja Marthanda Varma
Famous Festival: Alpashy festiva and Painkuni festival
Get there: Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport (7 km) and Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station is the nearest railway station, just 1 km away from Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

This famous temple is located in the Trivandrum, Kerala at the east fort of the Thiruvananthapuram, renovated in 1733 AD by Raja Marthanda Varma. This temple is dedicated to God Anathapadmanabha swamy and Goddess Sri Hari Lakshmi Thayaar. It is one of the richest temples in the world. The temple is a merge of the Kerala and Dravidian style of architecture. The length of this temple is 18 feet with the great snake called Anantha. Sree Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu. Divya Desams are the holiest abodes of the Lord Mahavishnu that are mentioned in the works of the Tamil Azhvars.

Ambalapuzha Temple

Location: 14 kilometers from Alleppey Kerala of district Alappuzha.
Dedicated to: Sri Krishna
Best time to visit: September to March
Getting There: Cochin international airport is the nearest airport which is 85 kilometers away from Ambalapuzha town and Alappuzha railway station which is connected to the major cities of Kerala.
Renovated in: 800 AD
Famous Festival: Meenam is the famous festival celebrated in Malayalam month i.e. March/April.

It is famous for its temple architecture and the milk porridge- Paalpaayasam. A festival called Champakulam which is a boat race is celebrated to commemorate this special day. Other famous Hindu temples situated near Ambalapuzha Sri Krishnaswamy Temple include Pallikkavu Devi Temple, Erattakulangara Shiva Temple, Kayippalli Sree Devi Temple, Moodampadi Devi Temple, and Puthukulangara Devi Temple. Ambalapuzha Temple in Alappuzha is also famous for the unique sweetened milk porridge or payasam that is served to devotees as prasadam.

Aranmula

Location: Aranmula located at a distance of around 7 kilometers from Chengannur, Kerala.
Dedicated to: Lord Krishna
Best time to visit: August - September
Getting there: Trivandrum and Kochi are the closest airport which is linked with all major cities. Ernakulum is the nearest railway station.
Famous Festival: Aranmula Vallamkali and Khandavanadahanam (Malayalam month) are two most famous festivals of this temple.

It is made of Bell metal and unique art which increases the beautifulness of this temple. This temple is situated on the banks of the river Pamba. It is famous for snake boat races. Ganapati Temple, Kadakal, Punnamthottam, Kuruvilakkavu, Kaippuzha, Pallimukkom are the other visited temples around the Aranmila. Legends of this temple are associated with Pandavas. This temple has golden flag staff and has four towers over its entrances on its outer wall. A major appeal is the snake boat races held as part of the festival in August /September. Aranmula is famed for its hand-made mirrors of cultured metal called the "Aranmula Kannadi".
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