Kerala is popularly known as the ‘Land of Gods’ as it houses several magnificent and ancient temples. In addition to the striking beaches, palm-groves, deep valleys, magnificent waterfalls and verdant landscapes, the temples are a pulling factor for Kerala. Some constructions date back to 2000 years old and these unmatchable masterpieces have given rise to eKerala Tourism highly in the last few decades.
It is an ideal destination for all those who seek immense spirituality in India. In such a land that is lined with temples and shrines, you may want to make a note of the ones that are a must-visit.
To make sure you do not miss out on the best among all, we have collated a list of the most popular Shrines in Kerala.
- Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram
Apart from being one of the oldest shrines in Kerala, this temple is known to be the richest one as well. It earns a lot of eyeballs owing to its architectural superiority. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is built in the Dravidian style and the stone carvings and murals attract a lot of tourists every year. You must plan a visit during the two major festivals celebrated here in the months of October and November during the Alpashy festival and March and April during the Panguni festival.
Opening hours: 6.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
- Sabarimala Sree Ayyappa Temple, Thekkady
Set on a hilltop of the Western Ghats, Sabarimala is a notable pilgrim temple. Surrounded by tall mountains and thick forest lands, its rich and rocky vistas enthrals the visitors. The temple is unique in many ways because only male devotees are allowed here. In the case of women disciples, only those below the age of 10 and above 50 are admissible to enter the temple. The rules also comprise of needing to trek uphill, wearing only black or blue coloured clothes and remain unshaven until darshan.
Opening hours: 3.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
· Tali Temple, Kozhikode
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Tali temple is one of the two Brahmanical royal temples that was built by Zamorin. Constructed out of laterite, fine wood and brass work, the carvings and statues are unquestionably stunning.Set on a hilltop, you can enjoy mesmerising views of the Karamana River.
Opening hours: 5.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
· Sivagiri Temple, Varkala
Another popular shrine in Kerala, this temple in Varkala enshrines the tomb of Sree Narayana Guru. You will spot the pilgrims dressed in yellow visiting this sacred place all around the year. Located on a huge sprawling land, the samadhi of the guru is placed on a hillock. His personal belongings have also been put on display for visitors to see.
Opening hours: 5:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
· Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple, Kottayam
One of the most prominent temples in Kerala, this temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva is known for its splendid Dravidian architecture. The murals and paintings of a dancing Shiva on the walls attracts maximum pilgrims, especially in the months of in February and March when they celebrate Arattu festival.
Opening hours: 4 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram
The presiding deity of this temple is considered to be the Supreme Mother. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Kannaki who is presumed to be the creator of all living beings. The temple has entered the Guinness Book of World Record for having the largest assembly of women for carrying out religious activities. The best time to visit this temple is at the time of Attukal Pongal, between the months of February to March.
Opening hours: 4.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.
· Chottanikara Devi Temple, Ernakulam
Located atop a hill, the temple is devoted to Goddess Bhagawati. The idol of the goddess is carved out of gold and is 5 feet tall. It is said to have curing powers for any kind of ailment. Worshipped in three different ways, Saraswati in the morning, Goddess Laxmi in the afternoon and as Durga in the evening, the festivities are what you must catch on.
Opening hours: 4 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
· Mannarasala Nagaraja Temple, Mannarasala
As the name suggests, this temple is dedicated to serpent Gods. With more than 30,000 images of snake Gods decorated over the walls of the temple, it is the most mystical temple in Kerala. It is bounded by expansive groves to facilitate the movement of snakes. It is also popular among couples who are seeking blessings for a child.
Opening hours: 5 a.m to 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The list is ready and so should you be. Embark on a journey of a lifetime by opting for a remarkable and spiritual Kerala tourism package, today!