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Beemapalli in Thiruvananthapuram

An important place of worship, the Beemapalli Dargah Shareef is dedicated to Bee Umma, a pious Muslim woman who was believed to possess great spiritual powers. The Chandanakudam Festival or Beemapalli Uruz at this mosque, lasting for 10 days, is one of the most colourful events.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram, about 7 km
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 7 km

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Bathery Jain Temple

One of the most important among the many Jain temples in Kerala, the Bathery Temple in Sulthan Bathery is believed to have been built during the 13th century. Its design is strongly influenced by the architectural style of the then reigning Vijayanagar Dynasty. Another unique feature is the rather checkered history of the temple which first served as a shrine, next as a centre of commercial trade and finally, as the ammunition store or battery of Tipu Sulthan’s army. The town, Sulthan Bathery, derives its name from that use.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Kozhikode, 97 km from Sulthan Bathery
Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport, about 120 km from Sulthan Bathery

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Aruvithira Church

Believed to be one of the seven churches established by St. Thomas, St.George’s Forane Church at Aruvithura, popularly known as Aruvithura Church is one of the churches in Kerala which collects the largest amount of monetary offerings during the festival days. The annual feast of St. George is celebrated from 22nd to 24th of April. The church is situated 11 km from Kottayam town.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Kottayam, about 38 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 83 km

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Arthunkal Church

The St. Sebastian’s Church in Arthunkal is an important Christian pilgrim centre. Located in Alappuzha the church is noted for the ten-day annual festival, popularly known as Arthunkal Perunnal. Celebrated in January every year, devotees from different parts of the State swarm the church on the feast days.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Cherthala, about 8 km and Alappuzha, about 21 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 68 km

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Ariankavu, Kollam

Situated on the Kollam – Shenkottai Road, Ariankavu is famous for the shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. Mandala Pooja and Trikalyanam celebrated in the month of December are the main festivals here.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Kollam Junction, about 78 km away
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 92 km away

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Arattupuzha Temple

Arattupuzha is a culturally significant village located in Thrissur district of Kerala. This village, about 15 km from the town of Thrissur is renowned for the annual pooram festival called Arattupuzha Pooram held in April/May.

The Sree Sastha Temple, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, which is believed to be more than 3000 years old and its premises are the venue for the festivities. It is believed that during the festival period, Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity at the Sree Sastha Temple is visited by gods and goddesses of the neighbouring villages.

The uniqueness of this festival is the ceremonial processions carrying the images of the deities of 41 neighbouring temples to this village.

Temple timings: 0500 -1100 hrs & 1700 – 2000 hrs

Contact details:
Ph: +91 480 2791692

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Thrissur, via Kodungalloor – Shornur Rd, about 14 km away
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, via National Highway 47, about 44 km away

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Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple

Dedicated to Lord Sree Krishna, this temple siutated on the banks of the holy River Pamba, attracts large crowds of devotees. It is said that the idol was brought here in a raft made with aru (six) pieces of mula (bamboo) which gave the town its name, Aranmula. Various cultural organisations at Aranmula imparts training in traditional arts like Kathakali, classical dances, classical music and Kalaripayattu. Tourists stay here for long periods to get first hand knowledge of the culture of Kerala. The temple has fine murals of the 18th century.

Contact details:
Ph: +91 468 2212170

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Chengannur, about 11 km away
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 117 km away

 

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Ananthapura Lake Temple, Kasaragod

Ananthapura Lake Temple in Kasaragod, built in 9th century, is the only lake temple in Kerala and is the moolasthanam (original abode) of Ananthapadmanabha, the deity of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. The sanctum sanctorum of temple is reachable only by a bridge. A crocodile at the temple pond, said to be 150 years old, is a major attraction.

Temple timings: 0530 – 1230 hrs & 1730 – 1930 hrs

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Kasaragod Railway station, on the Kozhikode-Madhur road, about 14 km.
Nearest airport: Mangalore Airport (Karnataka), about 56 km from; Calicut International Airport, about 222 km

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Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple

Built in the typical Kerala architectural style, Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple is famous all over India for the Palpayasam, a daily offering of deliciously sweet milk porridge. It is also in this temple that Pallipana is performed by Velans (sorcerers), once in every twelve years.

Paintings of the Dasavatharam (the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu) are on display on the inner walls of the Chuttambalam. Ottanthullal, a satiric art form created by the poet Kunchan Nambiar, was first performed on the premises of this temple. The temple is situated in Alappuzha district.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Ambalapuzha, about 2 km away; Alappuzha, about 14 km away
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 139 km away

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Alathiyur Hanuman Temple, Malappuram

Alathiyur Hanuman Temple is one of the famous Hanuman Temples in Kerala.The temple is also dedicated to Lord Sree Rama and Bharatha. Located in Malappuram district, the temple is situated about 12 km from Tirur. Naivedyam (holy food) and Aval (flattened rice) constitute special offerings at the temple.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Tirur Railway Station, about 6 km away
Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport, about 39 km