Kerala Pilgrim Centers

malayattoor churchThe Malayatoor Church: This is set in the backdrop of the Western Ghats and overlooking the picturesque Periyar River, is known as the land of St. Thomas is famous for the Catholic Church dedicated to St. Thomas. The church is constructed in the Greco-Roman architectural style. The altar is adorned in the classical Greek style, while the It has a combination of architecture with the altar designed in traditional, and the frontage resembles the ancient Roman Catholic Church architecture. Thousands of undertake the pilgrimage to attend the annual festival "Malayatoor perunaal."
 

Bharananganam: A global pilgrim destination after its daughter St Alphonsa became a saint in 2008, the first ever Indian woman to be canonized by Vatican. The saint’s tomb at the 1000-year old Forane church attracts huge number of devotees.

Must Do: Visit the Fransiscan Clarist convent where the saint had lived and died and which houses the Alphonsa Museum that displays many of the nun’s personal memorabilia.

 
The Historical Church Santa Cruz Basilica – Cochin: It is a Roman Catholic Cathedral is one of the finest and impressive churches in Kerala. It is a place of devotion as well as a center of historic significance, endowed with architectural and artistic grandeur and colours of the gothic style. Located close to St. Francis Church it is the ‘capital church’ of the diocese of Cochin. built by the Portugese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. It was proclaimed a Basilica in 1984 by Pope John Paul II.
 
Kerala Temples:
Kerala is a land of many temples each one having its own unique characteristics. The style of construction and architecture of temples of Kerala is also different from that of temples in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The festivals, pooja etc. also has specialties and reflects the culture of this green little state.
 
Sabarimala: This is a well known pilgrim centre in the rugged terrains of the Western ghats (914 mtr. above sea level). The holy shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa attracts crores of pilgrims from all over, especially from other parts of South India. People of all castes and creeds are permitted into the temple. However, entry is not allowed to women between 10 and 50 years of age. The main pilgrimage season is November-January. Vehicle traffic cannot go beyond Pamba and the last 4km to the shrine can be reached only by trekking (65 Kms from Pathanamthitta town) Pandalam: (Nearest railway station: Chengannur – 14 km) Sree Ayyappa, the presiding deity of Sabarimala had his human sojourn here as the son of the Raja of Pandalam.
 
Guruvayur: Thrissur is a good base for a pilgrim trip to Guruvayur, 29km away. It is among India’s most important pilgrimage centres and is also known as the Dwaraka of the South. The Sree Krishna Swamy Temple, which attracts thousands of pilgrims is said to date prior to the 16th centrury. Tradition has it that the temple was created by Guru-the preceptor of the Devas, and Vayu-the lord of the Winds. The temple is dedicated to Krishna known here as Guruvayurappan or the Lord of Guruvayur, and the idol is said to have been worshipped by Lord Brahma himself at Dwaraka.
 
List of Temples in Kerala
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM DISTRICT

Shiva temples: Sreekanteswaram, Aruvippuram, Ottasekharamangalam, Kazhakkuttam, Koyikal Ardhanareeswara, Parasala. Valiyasala Kantallur.

Devi temples: Aniyur, Attukal, Thiruvarattukavu, Nedumangadu Muttaramman,Vellanad, Vellayani, Sarkara, Sankhumugham, Tozhuvankodu.

Vishnu temples: Sree Padmanabha swamy temple, Sree Varaham temple, Thiruvallom Parasurama swamy temple, Ncyyattinkara Krishna temple, Varkala Janardhana temple.

Others: Ullur Balasubramania temple, Tripadapuram – Shiva and Vishnu,Navaikulam Sankaranarayana temple, Pazhavangadi Ganapathi temple.

 
KOLLAM DISTRICT

Shiva temples: Kollam Sri Rameswaram, Trikadavur, Vettikavala, Ochira Parabrahma temple.

Devi temples: Sri Anandavalliswaram, Kadakkal, Chavara Kottikulangara, Pattazhi.

Sastha temples: Achankovil, Aryankavu, Kulathupuzha, Sasthankotta.

Vishnu temples: Asramam Krishna temple, Anayadi Narasimha, Tirumullavaram, Tevalakkara South Guruvayur temple, Mukhathala, Velinallur Rama temple, Vaikuntapuram.

Others: Asramam Sri Narayanapuram Subramania temple, Manikanteswaram Ganesh temple (Kottarakkara) Panmana Balasubramania temple, Duryodhana temple (Pavuvazhi Peruviruthimalanada).

 
PATHANAMTHITTA DISTRICT

Shiva temples: Omallur Raktakanta swamy, Kalanjur.Devi temples: Parumala Panayannarkavu, Mannadi Pazhayakavu, Malayalapuzha

Vishnu temples: Aranmula Parthasarasthi, Thiruvalla Sree Vallabha and Sudarshana.

Others: Kodumon Palliyara devi (spider temple), Trikaviyur Hanuman temple, Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha temple.

 
ALAPUZHA DISTRICT

Shiva temples: Kandiyur – Mavelikkara, Kalarcodu, Chengannur, Tiruvizha, Thirunagyarkulangara, Trichatukulam, Triperuntura, Trikuratti-Mannar, Maraikulam, Vellavattom.

Devi temples: Kanichukulangara, Kidangamparambu Bhubaneswari, Chettikulangara, Chakkulathukavu, Mullakkal, Cherthala, Tycattusseri-Punnakizhil, Pattamana Panayannarkavu, Moncombu, Varanadu.

Vishnu temples: Ambalapuzha, Evur, Tiruvanvandur, Turavur Narasimha and Sudarsana, Tiruchittatu, Mavelikkara.

Others: Taneermukkam Chalinaray Anapuram, Takazhi and Trikunnapuzha Sastha temples, Mannarasala and Vettikottu Nagaraja.

 
KOTTAYAM DISTRICT

Shiva temples: Ettumanur, Kadappattur-Palai, Kaduthuruthi, Tirunakkara, Ttippakudam, PuTrippakudamazhappalli, Vaikom.

Devi temples: Anakkulangara, llankavu, Kilirur kunnu Bhagavathy, Kumaranallur, Cheruvalli, Thalayolaparambu Kartiayani, Panachikkadu Saraswathy, Manarkadu, Mootethadathukavu, Velluthuruthy, Thiruvenchur, Pallippurathukavu-Kottayam.

Vishnu temples: Tiruvarpu, Kudamalur Vasudevapuram, Barananganam, Trinayamkudam, Manikandapuram and Ramapuram Rama temples, Vennimala Lakshmana Swamy temple.Subramania temples: UdayanapuramVaikom, Kidangoor, Perunna Changanacherry.

Others: Ayarkunnam Sree Krishna & Sree Shiva, Adityapuram Sun temple, Erumeli and Pakkil Sastha temples.

 
IDUKKI DISTRICT
Vishnu temples: Thodupuzha Sree Krishna swamy temple, Krishna Temple -Peerumedu, Sree Parthasarathi Temple – Mundakayam, Sree Dharmasastha – Vazhathopu, Sree Murugan Covil-Munnar.
 
ERNAKULAM DISTRICT

Shiva temples: Aluva, Ernakulam, Tiruvalur, Tiruvairanikulam, Trikariyur, Pazhur Perum Trikkovil, Peruvaram.

Devi temples: Iringolkavu, Chottanikkara, Mookambi (Parur) Avanamcode (near Airport) Saraswathyn temples, Veluthattu Vadakkan Chowva Bhagavathy temple.(According to the legend, the temple was founded by a wealthy Nair family who came from Malabar due to Tipu’s invasion. As time went by, the temple’s fame spread even to far off places.

Vishnu temples: Tirumoozhikkulam Lakshmana temple, Thrikkakara Vamana, Tripunithura Poornatrayeeswara, South Chitoor Krishna, Dakshina Kasi Chelamattom temple, Ramamangalam Narasirnha swamNarasimhaikkovil, Kannankulangara.

Others: Elankunnapuzha Subramania swamy temple.

 
THRISSUR DISTRICT

Vishnu temples: Guruvayur, Kadavallur, Thiruvilwamala and Tripayar Rama temples, Koodalmanikyam Bharatha temple.

Shiva temples: Annamannada, Airanikulam, Tiruvanchikulam, Mammiyur, Peruvanam, Trissur Vadakkumnatha temple.

Devi temples: Urakam, Cherpu, Kodungallur Kurumba Devi, Pazhayannur, Paramekkavu. Others: Arattupuzha,Tiruvullakkavu Sastha temple and Kanadi Madom – Peringottukara.

 
PALAKKAD DISTRICT

Shiva temples: Kalpathi, Trithala, Tripallavur.

Devi temples: Emur, Chittoorkavu, Chinakathur, Cherum pattakavu, Tiruva lathur, Nenmara Nellikulangara, Pallasana, Pariyarampatta, Manupullikavu.

Vishnu temples: Kachamkurichi, Panniyur Varaha murthy temple.

Others: Kodumbu Subramania swamy temple,Chittoor, Cherpulasseri Sastha, Tiruvegapuram.

 
MALAPPURAM DISTRICT

Shiva temples: Trikandiyur,Trippangodu, Sukapuram Dakshinamurthy.

Devi temples: Kadampuzha, Tirumandamkunnu, Mookuthala.

Vishnu temples: Tirunavaya.

Others: Chamravattom Sastha.

 
KOZHIKODE DISTRICT

Shiva temples: Tali.

Devi temples: Kollam Pisarikavu, Tiruvalayanadu, Lokanarkavu-Badagara.

Others: Chendamangalam sastha, Balusseri Vettakkorumakan swamy.

 
WAYNAD DISTRICT

Shiva temples: Trissileri.

Vishnu temples: Tirunelli.

Others: Pulpalli Sita-Lava Kusa temple, Pootadi Siva and Narasimha swamy temple.

 
KANNUR DISTRICT

Shiva temples: Kottiyur, Taliparambu Raja Rajeswara, Kanjirangadu Vaidyanatha.

Devi temples: Cherukutemples: Cherukunnui temple, Kalarivatukkal, Mataikkavu.

Vishnu temples: Kadalai, Tiruvangad Rama, Trichambaram.

Others: Parassini Madappura Muttappan. Payyannur and Peralasseri Subramania swamy temples.

 
KASARGOD DISTRICT

Shiva temples: Adur Mahalingeswara, Trikanathu Triambakeswara, Nileswaram, Mallikarjuna.

Devi temples: Mafia Durga Parameswari.

Vishnu temples: Ananathapuram lake temple, Munjankavu Parthasarathy temple.

Others: Madhur Ananteswara Siddhi Vina yaka, Madiyamkoolom Kshetra Palaka swamy temple.

 
Thazhathangady Juma Masjid is a mosque situated in Thazhathangady, one of the Heritage Zones of Kerala. It is one of the oldest mosques in India and is more than 1000 years old. It is famous for its richness of architecture, wood carvings and the beauty. This mosque is situated on the banks of the Meenachil river. Thazhathangady Juma Masjid is also called as the “Taj Juma Masjid”. The ancestors of this Masjid came and settled in Kottayam, from different parts of Kerala. The Muslims who lived here played an active role in Freedom Struggle and other National Movements. This mosque is known for its intricate wooden carvings and architecture.
 
Famous Mosques in Kerala

Cherakam masjidCheraman Juma Masjid Belived to be India’s oldest mosque located in the ancient port town of Kodungallur it was built in 628 AD – seven years after prophet migrated from Mecca to Medina- at the behest of the local Hindu king who subsequently was to Islam. It is also believed to be the second mosque in the world to have Friday prayers.

Must do: Visit the neigbouring Palayur church believe do be the oldest church in India.

 

Jama-at Masjid Designed by a Hindu carpenter for a Yemeni Sufi, the 600 year-old mosque presents a fine mixture of Hindu and Islamic architecture. The entire mosque was constructed with wood from a single teak tree and its four day festival – Nercha- attracts devotees from far and wide.

Must do: Visit the adjoining leum of the Malappuram shaheeds (martyrs) immortalized in Mappila (Moplah) ballads.

 

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