Kerala has great religious places with ancient, glorious temples where one can experience and explore rich culture and tradition, festivals and undying devotion of pilgrims. Some of the famous temples are 2000 years old and dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. If one wishes to go on a spiritual tour, then Kerala is the ideal destination.
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Sri Padmanabhaswamy is one of the most renowned temples in Kerala. It is also known worldwide for its outstanding architecture. It is located in Thiruvananthapuram and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This ancient temple was built in the 8th century in Dravidian style. Every year huge crowds of locals and tourists come to the temple to celebrate with love and devotion two major festivals – The Alpashy festival and Panguni festival.
Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna Temple
Built in the 17th century, and situated at Ambalapuzha, this magnificent temple is among the famous temples in Kerala. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna as a child (Unni Krishna). The two major festivals celebrated here are Amabalapuzha Temple Festival and Aaraattu festival. During prayer service, Palpayasam is offered to the devotees. The deity of this temple – Unni Krishna is believed to be brought form Guruvayoor during Tipu Sultan’s supremacy.
Sabarimala Sree Ayyappa Temple
Situated in the Pathanamthitta district, this magnificent temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. This temple is built on the hilltop of the Western Ghats, surrounded by lush green forests and mountains, alluring visitors. This temple is known for the celebration of two festivals – The Mandal Puja and Makara Sankranthi Puja. Devotees visiting this temple wear black or blue coloured clothing, smear Chandan (Sandal) on their forehead. During the whole darshan the devotees remain unshaven.
Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple
Guruvayur Sri Krishna temple is one of the most visited temples in Kerala and is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The idol of Lord Krishna is carved out of Patalanjana stone which has medicinal and therapeutic values. This temple is visited by a large number of pilgrims and is famous for marriage and rice feeding ceremonies.
Attukal Bhagavathy Temple
Attukal Bhagavathy temple is yet another famous place of worship in Kerala. It is dedicated to Goddess Kannaki (incarnation of Goddess Parvati) who is considered to be the Supreme mother as well as the creator of all living beings. Attukal Pongala is a famous festival celebrated in this temple where women from different parts of the country come together to celebrate and prepare a delicious sweet called Pongala. This temple holds the Guinness record for having the largest gathering and participation of women devotees for a single religious occasion.