Mannarshala Temple


Mannarshala Temple is one of the mostly visited temples in Kerala. The Mannarshala Temple covers sixteen acres of green dense forest. This temple is also known as Mannarasala Temple. The entire forest area around the temple is devoted to the serpents as they are worshipped here as god. The temple is located in the city of Alappuzha and is only thirty two kilometers away from the city center. Such a location of Mannarshala Temple helps the tourists to enjoy a days outing far from the din and bustle of the city.

The nearest airport from this temple is the Thiruvanantapuram International Airport. The Nedumbassery International Airport is also almost at a same distance. Haripad, Mavelikkara and Kayamkulam are the nearest railway station from Mannarshala Temple.

There are two granite idols of the snake god here in this temple. They are called the “Nagaraja” and the other is his consort called “Sarpayakshini”. The temple has more than thirty thousand images of snake gods and it is the largest snake temple in India. The best time visiting Mannarshala Temple is in September and October when a procession takes place from the temple to the house connected with the temple called “Illam”. The procession is conducted with great pomp and coins and golds are offered to the god. The temple is also a wonderful specimen of the south Indian architecture.

Last Updated on 05 May 2011