Explore the rich culture, heritage, and undying devotion of the people of Kerala. Temples in Kerala are a beacon of hope for devotees who come to visit them from all across the world. Some of the famous temples in India are among the world’s richest temples, and they should be on your bucket list. Other than being divine places, these temples are also architectural wonders.
Here’s the list of famous temples in Kerala you must visit
1. Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, is one of the most famous temples in Kerala. Built in Dravidian style architecture, this temple dates back to 8th century and is considered as one of the oldest Vishnu temples in the country. The idol here reclines on Anantha- the eight-hooded serpent God. The beautiful temple structure, stone carvings and murals pull tourists round the year, but maximum footfall of devotees is seen during Alpashy festival in October and November and Panguni festival in March and April.
Opening hours: Darshan is allowed between;
3:30 Am-4:45 Am (Nirmalyadarsanam); 6:30 Am- 7: Am; 8:30 Am- 10 Am; 10:30 Am – 11:10 Am; 11:45 Am- 12 noon; 5: Pm -6:15 Pm; 6:45 Pm- 7:20 Pm
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2. Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram
Located close to Padmanabhaswamy temple, Attukal Bhagavathy is another popular temple in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Kannaki- an incarnation of Parvati, who is also considered as Supreme Mother and creator of all living beings on Earth. This temple is famous for Attukal Pongala Festival, held every year in February or March. Millions of women from various parts of India participate in this 10- day long festival and cook Pongala- an authentic sweet dish made of rice, jaggery and coconut for the Goddess. Attukal Pongala Festival is enumerated in Guinness Book of World Records as the largest gathering of women for a single religious event, which make sit among the top 10 famous temples in Kerala.
Opening hours: 4:30 Am to 8:30 Pm. Nirmalyadarsanam starts from 5 Am. Usha Puja at 6:30 Am, Ucha Puja at 12 noon and Athazha puja at 7:30 Pm
3. Udiyanoor Devi Temple, Thiruvananthapuram
Udiyanoor Devi Temple is another place of worship in Thiruvananthapuram. It is a famous Shiva temples in Kerala for Hindus. The shrine of Udiyanoor Devi has four hands, holding weapons with the gesture of Shiva and Vaishnava together. Other deities worshipped in this temple are Lord Ganesha, Nagaraja, Dharma Sastha and Sri Madan Thampuran. This is perhaps the only temple in Kerala, which faces north direction. The major festivals celebrated here are Urootu Mahotsav, Pongala Mahostsav and Thrikkodiyettu. Built 1300 years ago, this is one of the oldest temples in Kerala.
Opening hours: 4:30 Am to 8:15 Pm. The temple is closed for darshan between 12 noon to 5 Pm.
4. Tali Temple, Kozhikode
Kaduthuruthi Mahadeva Thali Temple, locally called Tali Temple was constructed in 14th century. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered as one among the two Brahmanical royal temples built by Zamorin. The is one of the best temples in south India, which is a perfect amalgamation of laterite and wood and brass work, brass carvings and statues are absolutely stunning. Located at the heart of the Kozhikode town, on a hill top near Karamana River, this is one of the oldest temple in Kerala.
Opening hours: 5 Am to 12 noon and 4 Pm to 9 Pm
5. Sivagiri Temple, Varkala
Enshrining the tomb of Sree Narayana Guru; Sivagiri Temple is another most visited Kerala temple. The pilgrims in yellow outfit, visit this scared place round the year, particularly between Dec 30 and January 1st. The temple is situated on a huge sprawling land and the samadhi is placed on a hillock. The residence of Sree Narayana Guru is also located in the same premise, where the personal belongings of Guruji is displayed. Guru puja is performed here every day in the afternoon and lunch is offered to all devotees after Guru puja at INR 50.
Opening hours: 5: 30 Am to 12 noon and 4:30 pm to 6:30 Pm
6. Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple, Kottayam
One of the most prominent Kerala temples, Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Known for splendid Dravidian architecture, murals and paintings, this temple attracts maximum pilgrims during Arattu festival in February and March. The fresco of Dancing Shiva on the walls of the temple is one of the finest artworks in entire south India.
Opening hours: 4 Am to 8:30 Pm. The temple is closed from 12 noon to 5 pm.
7. Chottanikara Devi Temple, Ernakulum
Located atop a hill, Chottanikara Devi Temple is one of the most famous devi temples in Kerala, devoted to Goddess Bhagawati. This temple is famous for its idol. The golden idol is 4 to 5 feet tall and is believed to have curing powers for any kind of ailment. Moreover, the most interesting part of this idol is that, it is worshiped in three different ways. The same idol is worshiped as Saraswati in the morning, as Laxmi in the afternoon and as Durga in the evening. If you’re in search of famous bhagavathy temples in Kerala, you search ends here.
Opening hours: 4 Am to 12 noon and 4 Pm to 8:45 Pm. On Fridays and Mandalam occasions, the temple opens at 3:30 Am.
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8. Mannarasala Nagaraja Temple, Mannarasala
As the name suggests, Mannarasala Nagaraja Temple is dedicated to serpent Gods., This is undoubtedly one of the most mystical temples in Kerala, surrounded by sprawling groves to facilitate the movement of serpents. The temple corridors and walls are decorated with more than 30,000 images of snake Gods. This temple is popular for Uruli Kamizhthal- a special ritual done by the childless couple, to seek blessings for a child. Once they are blessed with an offspring, the couple donates an image of snake God to the temple, as thanksgiving ritual.
Opening hours: 5 Am to 12 noon and 5 Pm to 7:30 Pm. The morning darshan and puja time is extended up to 1 Pm on Sundays.
9. Lokanarkavu Temple, Kozhikode
Historically Lokanarkavu Temple is believed to have built by Aryans, Brahmins and Vaishnava, together. Not one, but this temple complex of Lokanarkavu comprises of three separate temples of Durga, Shiva and Vishnu. The shrine is often referred in the ballads of North Kerala, as Thacholi Othenan- a legendary martial hero. This is one of the most visited and most famous temples in North Kerala.
Opening hours: 4 Am to 9 Am and 5 Pm to 7 Pm.
10. Vadakkunnathan Temple, Thrissur
Declared as a National Monument under AMASR Act, Vadakkunnathan Temple is believed to be the first temple built by Parasurama- the 16th incarnation of Vishnu. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Rama and Vishnu, Vadakkunnathan Temple boasts of splendid structure, murals and decorated pillars. Thrissur Pooram is celebrated with great zeal and vibrancy here in the months of April and May. During the festival, the temple premise is decorated with ornated elephants and colourful umbrellas and sounds of traditional drums and chants make the ambience not only divine but also mesmeric.
Opening hours: 3 Am to 8:30 Pm. Morning darshan is between 3 Am to 10:30 Pm and evening timing for darshan is between 4 Pm to 8:30 Pm.
11. Sabarimala Sastha Temple, Pathanamthitta
The temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappan, son of Lord Shiva and Mohini. Lord Ayyappan is also one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Located atop a hill and surrounded by dense forests of Periyar Tiger Reserve, this temple is unique in many ways. Only male devotees are allowed here. Woman below the age of 10 and above 50 are permitted to enter the temple. Devotees visiting Sabarimala Sastha Temple, need to trek uphill, wear blue and black dress, smear Chandan on their forehead and remain unshaven until darshan.
Opening hours: The temple is open for darshan and puja between 3 Am to 11:40 Pm. The temple is closed for couple of hours between 1 Pm to 3 Pm in the afternoon.
12. Ambalapuzha Srikrishna Temple, Ambalapuzha
In Ambalapuzha Srikrishna temple, Lord Krishna is worshipped as ‘Unni Krishna’- his child form. This temple was built in 17th century and is famous for Amabalapuzha Temple Festival in July and Aaraattu festival in March and April. Palpayasam is the main prasadam here, offered to all devotees. This is a delectable sweet dish made of milk, sugar and rice. The deity of Unni Krishna is believed to be transported from Guruvayoor, during Tipu Sultan reign, in order to save the shrine from political unrest.
Opening hours: 4 Am to 12:30 Pm and 5 Pm to 8 Pm
13. Ananthapura Lake Temple, Ananthapura
This is the only lake temple in Kerala, located at the southernmost tip of the state. The temple is located amid a beautiful lake, supplied with fresh spring water. Babia, the temple guardian is a vegetarian crocodile, that resides in the lake. Lord Ananthapadmanabha- the deity of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, is worshipped here. The temple is considered to be the moolasthanam- original abode of the Lord.
Opening hours: 5:30 Am to 12:30 Pm and 5:30 Pm to 7:30 Pm. Morning puja is performed at 7:30 Am, noon puja at 12:30 Pm and evening puja at 7:30 Pm.
14. Sree Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, Parassinikadavu
Among the most spectacular Hindu temples in Kerala, Sree Parassinikadavu Muthappan is located by the banks of Valapattanam River. Featuring spectacular architecture, murals and carvings, this temple is dedicated to Lord Muthappan. The temple is unique in quite a few ways. The temple is open for people across all castes, creeds and faith and it can be a shock for many, to know that, devotees offer alcohol bottles to the God. This is the only temple in Kerala, with dog statues on the entrance gate, hence the temple even allows dogs to enter the premise. Sree Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple provides free meal and accommodation to all its visitors.
Opening hours: 5 Am to 8 Am and 6:30 Pm to 8:30 Pm
15. Guruvayur Temple, Guruvayur
The list of famous temples in Kerala is incomplete without Guruvayur Temple. Popular as Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple, this place is one of the most visited temples in Kerala. Here, the idol of Sri Krishna had been carved out of Patalanjana stone, known for medicinal and therapeutic values. Though numerous devotees visit this temple, every day, but Guruvayur Temple is more famous for marriages and rice feeding ceremonies.
Opening hours: 3 Am to 9:30 Pm. The temple remains closed for darshan between 1:30 pm to 4:30Pm
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Frequently Asked Questions About Temples In Kerala
A. As per the most recent survey, there are a total of 104 temples in the Indian state of Kerala.
A. Most of the temples in Kerala have a very intriguing architecture despite not possessing features like large gopurams or stonework, which is otherwise typical of most South Indian temples. Besides, the temples in Kerala are famous for the Tantric rites performed here in association with the deity in that particular temple.
A. You’ll be able to see extensive Tantrik rituals or tantra mantra at the temples of Chirkkadavu Mahadeva Temple, Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple, Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Kumaranelloor Devi Temple, and Kiliroo Kathyani Temple, among others.
A. Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple located in Thiruvananthapuram is believed to be the first ever temple to have been built in Kerala. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this temple is also one of the oldest Vishnu temples in the country.
A. The Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple was built in the 16th Century by the kings who ruled over the then kingdom of Travancore. Local legends say the Travancore kings sealed immense riches within the thick stone walls and vaults of the temple.
A. It is believed that there is a certain chamber inside the Padmanabhaswamy Temple of Kerala whose walls are made out of solid gold.
A. The Guruvayoor Temple of Kerala is believed to be about 5,000 years old though there aren’t really any historical records to support this theory. Pilgrims and worshippers strongly maintain that this temple was established by the two sages appointed by Lord Krishna to remove the idol from his temple in Dwarka and place them here while the city of Dwarka was being destroyed.
A. Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple located in Thiruvananthapuram is the most famous temple in Kerala.
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