The sacred state of Kerala is often called God’s Own Country, and it cannot be truer. This stunning state is not only brimming with the bounties of nature but is also filled with serene temples and colourful shrines that will make you see the wonders of Kerala. From majestic architectural marvels to highly revered temples, Kerala is a true pioneer of South Indian temples. With some iconic temples, many Kerala temple tour packages will take you to the best of the best temples.
Here are some of the most popular temple that should be included in your Kerala temple tour packages:
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Located in the wondrous city of Trivandrum, Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is quite an architectural marvel. This mystical temple should be included in your Kerala temple tour packages.
One of the most iconic, and highly religious temple is that of Sabarimala. Dedicated to Lord Ayyappan, this temple has some strict rules and regulations that you have to follow if you are going here as a pilgrim. The Sabarimala Temple attracts thousands and thousands of devotees and pilgrims every year, and the frenzy of this temple is truly a sight to watch. Men have to prepare for this holy pilgrimage for months before they start the journey. Make sure you read all the rituals, traditions, rules and regulations of this temple before you embark on a pilgrimage to Sabarimala. Include Sabarimala in your Kerala temple tour package.
Ambalapuzha Srikrishna Temple
Erected as early as the 17th Century, Ambalapuzha Srikrishna Temple is located in Alappuzha. This humble little temple resembles a traditional Kerala by the lake more than a shrine. However, the peace and tranquillity inside the temple is quite a welcome respite from the hustle-bustle of the city life. This temple is decided to Unni Krishna (Krishna in the form of a child). The brilliant view of the lake, and the serene locales that nestle this shrine, makes Ambalapuzha Srikrishna Temple quite a popular place in the Kerala temple tour packages.
Guruvayoor Srikrishna Temple
An extremely popular temple in Kerala, Guruvayoor Srikrishna Temple is perhaps the first temple you will see on your temple tour in Kerala. The highlight of this marvellous shrine is the four are the statue of Lord Krishna. In his hands, you will find a conch, a mace, the Sudarshana Chakra and a lovely lotus.
This shrine is even more significant because of folklore which suggests that Lord Shive used to worship at this very temple to Lord Vishnu. Since then, the Guruvayoor Srikrishna Temple is extremely revered and highly sacred in Kerala.
The gorgeous Tali Temple was built way back in the 14th Century, making it a historical site as well. This lovely temple is different from the rest of the temples, as its rood is completely wooden.
While from the outside, the Tali Temple looks quite ordinary, the moment you enter, you will realise the sheer beauty and charm of this temple. Adorned with brass works and inroad carvings, this Shiva Temple is truly a must-visit place for tourists.
The Vadakkunathan Temple is situated in the little town of Thrissur. What makes this Shiva Temple so popular, is that it is also a national monument! At first glance itself, you will realise how beautiful this temple is with all its towers and delicate carvings. It looks like a work of art. You will feel the temple pulling you closer, and as you enter, you will be flooded with stunning murals and measuring frescoes. The Vadakkunathan Temple is a national treasure in every way, and not including this on your Kerala temple tour package is quite a sin.
Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple
Located right next to the Vadakkumnathan Temple, the Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple is one of the biggest Devi Temples in Kerala. This beautiful shrine also takes part in the famous South Indian festival called Pooram. 15 elephants from this temple go over to the Vadakkumnathan Temple- where the Pooram is celebrated. This procession sight is truly delightful.
One of the must-visit temple that must be in your Kerala tour package has to be the Chottanikkara Bhagavathy temple. Dedicated to Goddess Rajarajeswari, this temple is unique. The main deity of this temple is worshipped in three different forms. In the morning, she is worshipped as Saraswati, in the afternoon, she takes the form of Lakshmi, and in the evening it becomes Durga.
The divine temple of Vaikom is one of the very few temples that is revered by both Shaivites and the Vaishnavites. Thus the Vaikom Temple is quite a famous shrine in Kerala. According to folklore, the Vaikom Temple is the oldest in Kerala, wherein pooja has been held every day without fail since its foundation.
These wondrous temples in Kerala will truly remind you, as to why Kerala is called God’s Own Country. With brilliant architectures and a divine atmosphere, these shrines are some of the best in the whole country. Your Kerala temple tour packages will take through all of these marvellous temples and you will come back with a newfound meaning, a peaceful mind and a bucket full of memories.