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. Here is a list of all the famous temples in Kerala that one should visit if they are in search of peace.
1. Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is very famous in Kerala. Built in the Dravidian style architecture, this temple dates back to the 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 temple’s architectural structure, stone carvings, murals, and its spiritual aura pulls tourists around the year.
Opening hours: Darshan is allowed between 3:30 am -4:45 am (Nirmalyadarsanam); 6:30 am- 7:00 am; 8:30 am- 10:00 am; 10:30 am – 11:10 am; 11:45 am- 12 noon; 5 pm – 6:15 pm; 6:45 pm- 7:20 pm
2. Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram
Located close to Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Attukal Bhagavathy is another one of the famous temples in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Kannaki- an incarnation of Parvati, who is also considered as the creator of all living beings on Earth.
Attukal Bhagavathy temple is famous for Attukal Pongala Festival, held every year in February or March.
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 a famous Shiva temple in Kerala for Hindus. The shrine of Udiyanoor Devi is believed to have four hands, holding weapons with the gesture of Shiva and Vaishnava together. 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 the 14th century. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered as one among the two Brahmanical royal temples built by Zamorin.
Located at the heart of the Kozhikode town, on a hilltop near Karamana River, this is one of the oldest temples in Kerala.
Opening hours: 5 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 9 pm
5. Sivagiri Temple, Varkala
Sivagiri Temple is another most visited Kerala temple; enshrining the tomb of Sree Narayana Guru. The Sivagiri temple is situated on a huge sprawling land and the samadhi is placed on a hillock.
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
Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple, one of the most prominent Kerala temples, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Known for splendid Dravidian architecture, murals and paintings, Ettumanoor Mahadeva temple attracts maximum pilgrims during Arattu festival.
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 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Make sure you visit these temples when you are in Kerala to gain an overwhelming spiritual experience!