Kottayam to Ettumanoor

The distance from Kottayam to Ettumanoor is about 13 km and the Shiva temple is the prime attraction of the trip. The Ettumanoor temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and a popular pilgrim center for Hindus. As per the historic records the temple of Ettumanoor was built in 16th century. The shrine is adorned with intricate carvings that depict scenes from Ramayana, Krishna Leela, Santhana Gopala, and Bhagavatha. The temple is an architectural marvel with fascinating mural paintings and sculptures. The State Archaeological Department has been preserving the mural art center located near the temple.

Ettumanoor reflects the influence of the excellent South Indian architecture. Most of the devotees of Lord Shiva visit the temple of Ettumanoor during the months of February and March when a ten-day long Arattu festival is conducted within the premises of the temple. On the eighth and tenth day of the Arattu festival, seven and half elephants (Ezharaponnana), which are made of gold weighing nearly 13 kilograms are exhibited for the public view. Huge number of pilgrims visit the temple to witness the valuable possessions of the wealthiest Devaswom in Kerala. The ideal time to go for the trip from Kottayam to Ettumanoor is between October to March. The Hindi pilgrimage site of Ettumanoor can be reached very easily from Kottayam through local buses and hired taxis. Both state and private buses ply from Kottayam to Ettumanoor regularly.

Last Updated on 05 May 2011