Kumarakom, the neighboring town of Alappuzha is the most popular destination for backwater tourism. The place is set on the backdrop of the beautiful and largest lake, Vembanad lake. This beautiful place is preferred by vacationers for family holidays, wedding photoshoots, honeymoon, and more. The place is known for attractions including a bird sanctuary, museums, and temples too. If spirituality excites you, then on your visit to Kumarakom, visit these temples!
Sri Dharma Sastha Temple & Subrahmanya Temple
The island is blessed with the presence of Sri Dharma Sastha Temple & Subrahmanya Temple. The name for Kumarakom is derived from the name of the temple,” Home of Lord Subramanya.” The main attraction of the temple is the festival, Thaippooyam which is celebrated with pomp and josh during the month of Makaram(February). Visiting time is between 5 am – 11 am and 5 pm – 9 pm.
Sri Kumara Mangalam Temple
The main attraction of Sri Kumara Mangalam Temple is the deity of Lord Subrahmaniam consecrated by Sree Narayana Guru. This pilgrim center is a must-visit during the month of Kumbam(March). It is this time when the temple is all set for festivals and celebrations. During the festival, Kerala traditional artforms including Nadaswaram, Kavadi, Amman Kudam, Ottan Thullal, and Garuda Narottam are held.
Sree Muthente Nada Mahadeva Temple
Sree Muthente Nada Mahadeva Temple is one of the famous temples in Kumarakom. The deities here are Lord Shiva, Bhadra, and Muthan Valyachan. It is believed that during certain days, the deities speak to believers about their future. The main ritual of the temple is offering tender coconut and toddy. The three day festival in the month of April is very interesting for believers. It is a great time to visit the temple.
Puthiyakavu Devi Temple
Puthiyakavu Devi temple is set on a serene background. The temple is famous for the deity, Goddess Bhadrakali. Theeyattu is the most important ritual here. This ritual demonstrates the returning of the Goddess after killing the demon. The festival is celebrated during Meenam and it lasts for 8days.
Thekkumkara Sri Ardhanariswara Temple
Thekkumkara Sri Ardhanariswara Temple is famous for its presiding deity; half-male and half-female which represents the togetherness of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Meenabharani is the main festival of the temple. The festival is celebrated during the month of Meenam(March/April). A visit to this temple during the festival time provides an insight into the culture and traditions of the place.
Things to Remember
- Wear a traditional costume- Kerala dhoti/saree or mundu. Permission to enter the temple will be granted only if you are wearing a traditional dress. Avoid wearing western costumes when you are visiting these temples.
- Visit the temples during the opening hours. Also, plan the visit well-in-advance to avoid the last-minute rush. There can be long queues and you may have to wait for a long. Plan well and be patient to participate in the rituals.
Detoxification of body, mind, and soul is inevitable for a healthy living. A vacation helps to detoxify the body and mind. Visiting temples and engaging in prayers help spiritual detoxification. These sacred temples in Kumarakom soothe the soul and fill with positivity. If you are planning a visit to Kumarakom and Alleppey include a visit to Kumarakom and enjoy a thrilling vacation.