Irinjalakuda Koodal Manikyam Temple:
This ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Bharatha, the brother of Sri Rama. It is perhaps the only temple in India with Bharatha as the deity. The colourful eleven day annual festival with a pageant of thirteen caparisoned elephants is held in April/May. The festival in this temple marks the end of the Hindu temple festival season in Kerala. (Open: 03:30 – 11:30 am & 05:00 – 08:30 pm).
Sree Krishna Temple Guruvayoor:
Guruvayoor Sree Krishna TempleGuruvayoor: Also known as Dwaraka of the South. One of India’s most important pilgrimage centers. Legend has it that the idol of the famous Sri Krishna Temple here is said to have been worshiped by Lord Brahma himself at Dwaraka.
Guruvayoor, where the famous Sree Krishna Temple is situated, is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres of kerala. The walls of the sanctum sanctorum are inlaid with exquisite mural paintings and carvings.
A temple, famous all over India as a pilgrim centre, dedicated to Lord Krishna popularly known as Guruvayoorappan. The Sreekrishna idol of this temple is believed to have been worshipped by Vasudevar and Devaki at Dwaraka. This shrine popularly known as ‘Dakshina Dwaraka’ (Dwaraka of south) is in the form of a rectangle. There are a lot of mural paintings around the ‘Shrikovil’ (Shrine).
Kalady Adi Shankara TempleThe birthplace of Adi Sankaracharya, the great Advaita philosopher of the 8th century, Kaladi is 10 km from Aluva. Temples dedicated to Sri Sankara, Sarada Devi, Sri Krishna and Sri Ramakrishna add to the sanctity of the destination. A place called Crocodile Ghat is where Sri Sankara took his vows of renunciation.
Kalady is a place of idyllic charm on the banks of river Periyar. Places of importance at Kalady are Sringeri Matt temples, Sree Ramakrishna Advaita Ashram and Adi Shankara Keerthi Stamba Mandapam. The spot where Adi Shankara’s mother, Aryamba, was cremated is called Brindavan.
According to legends, a crocodile caught hold of him and refused to release him until Sankara’s mother Aryamba permitted him to accept Sanyas (renunciation) .
Vadakkumnathan TempleOne of the oldest temples in the State, the Vadakkumnathan Temple is a classic example of the Kerala style of 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 fireworks at the Pooram are a spectacular sight. Non Hindus are not allowed entry into the temple. (Open: 04:00 – 10:30 am & 05:00 – 08:30 pm).
Kallil Bagavathi Temple:
It’s a 9th century Jain temple shaped out of a huge rock on a small hill at a picturesque surrounding. The visitor has to climb 120 steps to reach this rare historic temple. Kallil temple is 22 km away from Kalady. It has a statue of Mahavira, the founder of Jainism, carved out of a rock.