The religious and ancient temples of this Indian state attract a lot of visitors because of its matchless rituals, customs and offerings. The flowery fragrance of varied flowers combined with the majestic smell of incense sticks will allure you to visit these temples while on your visit to Kerala. Some of the major temples of Kerala are described as below.
Sri Padnabhaswamy Temple: Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it is a 260 year old temple spanning across an area of 2600 square meters in Thiruvananthapuram. The temple is run by a trust which is headed by the Royal family of Travancore. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple and the devotees has to strictly follow the dress code. It is one of the richest temples of India embedded with gold, jewels and the shrine of Lord Vishnu ornamented with rubies and emeralds. The idol is three and a half feet tall gold.
Guruvayoor Temple: It is a 5000 year old ancient temple located in Guruvayur of Thrissur district devoted to Lord Mahavishnu in standing position with four hands holding Sudarshana Chakram (jagged disk) Sankhu (Conch), mace and a lotus. The idol is carved out of magnetic stone with medicinal value and black antimony and is believed to have been worshipped by Lord Brahma himself in Dwaraka. The shrine is almost worshipped as Lord Krishna (full avatar of Mahavishnu).
Aaranmula Temple: Located in the banks of River Pampa in the district of Pathanmitta, the main deity of this temple is Lord Krishna locally known as ‘Parthasarathy’. Every year thousand of devotees visit this temple during the festival to worship the deity and also to witness the amazing enthusiasm of the people in the snake boat race (Aranmula Uthrattathi boat race). “Aranmula Kannadi” is a renowned handmade mirror of polished metal found in here. This temple is one of the “Divya Desams”, the 108 temples of Vishnu honored by the 12 poet saints (Alwars).
Ettumanor Temple: Positioned in the district of Kottayam, 17 km from Kottayam main town; it is one of the most important temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Inside this ancient temple, one can see beautiful sculptures and mural paintings which are an excellent example of people of that era. Shivratri is celebrated with great pomp and show.
Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple: It is famed temple devoted to Lord Krishna located in the Alappuzha district. It is popular for sweet pudding rice ‘Payasam’ which is offered to visitors and Champakulam boat race which is conducted here. The shrine of Sri Krishna is supposed to be brought by Tipu Sultan to this temple in 1789.
Vadukkunnathan Temple: It is one of the largest temples of Kerala constructed by Lord Parshurama, located in Thrissur district devoted to Lord Shiva. It is famed for the Pooram festival (April/May) and Keralite architecture which has made it so popular among the visitors.
Kerala has many other temples apart from above mentioned which are the most visited and famed ones, some of the other popular temples of Gods own Country include; Vaikom Temple, Mannarasala Temple, Thirunelli Temple, Lokanarkavu Temple, Thirunavaya Temple, Chottanikkara Temple etc.