Kerala not only known for its Natural beauties like Beaches, Backwaters, Mountains also famously known for historical building, forts, temples is well. We can see hundreds of temples in kerala with long histories behind. World’s richest temples to lake temple Ananthapura Lake temple. With its culture, architecture styles, specialities, rituals are much different from one to other. Here is the top 5 temples that you don’t miss while your trip.
Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple
Situated in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram city near the East Fort Bus Station. An important temple to visit. It is very near to the railway station also. Marthanda Varma Maharaja dedicated all the places captured by him to Sri Padmanabha and from this time the importance of this temple is started to increase. Kings of Travancore called themselves Sri Padmanabha dasa and began to rule under this belief. It is a temple of great architectural importance. A huge single stone supported by thousand pillars stands as an architectural wonder. There are two festivals in this temple. The tenth day of the festival culminates in an ‘arattu’ conducted by the Maharaja and his people.
Situated 23 KM west of Thrissur, guruvayoor is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centers of Kerala. Its main attraction is the Sree Krishna Temple. This historic temple is shrouded in mystery. According to belief, the temple id the creation of Guru, the preceptor of the Gods, and Vayu, the god of winds. The eastern nada is the main entrance to the shrine. In the Chuttambalam (outer enclosure ) is the tall 33.5 m high gold plated Dwajasthambam ( flag – post ). There is also a 7 m high Dipastambham (pillar oflamps ), whose thirteen circular receptacles provide a truly gorgeous spectacle when lit. The square Sreekovilis the sacred sanctum of the temple, housing the main deity. Within the temple there are also the images of Ganapathy, Lord Ayyappa and Edathedattu Kavil Bhagavathy. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple.
One of the oldest temples in kerala, the Vadakkumnathan Temple is a classic example of the Kerala architecture and has many decorative murals and pieces of art. This is the venue of the world famous Pooram festival celebrated annually in April – May. The temple is situated right in the center of the city. As soon as you enter, you will be spellbound by the architecture of the temple and the surrounding greenery. From the entrance itself can view the architectural wonders on the top of the roof. Best time to visit the temple is morning (6 -8 am), to enter temple you need to specific dress codes.
Situated 65 KM from Pathanamthitta town, 180 KM from Thiruvananthapuram and 210 KM from Kochi. One of the most famous pilgrim centres in india, Sabarimala is situated on the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats at an attitude of 914 m above sea level and is accessible only by foot from Pamba ( 4KM ).
The temple is dedicated to Sree Ayyappa. Pilgrim season starts from November to mid January. Mandalapooja and Makaravilakku are the two main events of the pilgrim season. The temple stays closed during the rest of the year expect for the first five days of every Malayalam month and during Vishu ( April ). People of all castes and creed are permitted into the temple.
Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple
Sri Muthappan Temple, a different temple in Kannur, Kerala. Main ritual will be in morning and evening. So plan accordingly.Temple surroundings is different from other temples. Ritual enactment of Muthappan ( Vellattam & Thiruvappana) will be there and main attractions is Toddy and Non-veg offerings and n number of dogs. You will get handful boiled black beans and tea as prasadam all the time.
No dress code restrictions, all religious people can enter into the temple. This temple is located on the banks of Valappatanam river. Set by a large river, this temple is very unique. Quite a Modern Temple with a lot of difference. Dogs are welcome inside the premises.