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Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple
(15 km south of Alappuzha):

Built in the typical Kerala architectural style, this temple is famous all over India for the Palpayasam, the daily offering of deliciously sweet milk porridge. It is also in this temple that Pallipana is performed by Velans (sorcerers) once every twelve years. Paintings of the Dasavatharam (the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu) are on display on the inner walls of the Chuttambalam. Ottanthullal, a satiric art form originated by the poet Kunchan Nambiar, was first performed on the premises of this temple.


Arthunkal
(22 km north of Alappuzha):

The St. Sebastian's Church here is an important Christian pilgrim centre. Annual festival: Arthunkal Perunnal - the feast of the patron saint (January).


Edathua Church (24 km from Alappuzha, on the Alappuzha - Thiruvalla Road):

Established in 1810, the church is dedicated to St. George. It is believed that prayers and offerings at this church help to heal all mental disorders and other ailments. During the annual feast (5th, 6th and 7th of May) pilgrims from all parts of South India, irrespective of caste and creed, visit the church and seek the blessings of the saint.

 

 

Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple (32 km south of Alappuzha):


Situated near Harippad, this is a serpent shrine under the patronage of a Brahman family, headed by a priestess. The ancient shrine is an internationally renowned pilgrim centre dedicated to the Serpent God Nagaraja. Sarpa Yakshi and Naga Yakshi are the beloved consorts of Nagaraja. It is believed that Nagaraja as the installed diety is endowed with the form of Hari (Lord Vishnu) and the spirit of Lord Shiva. Legend has it that the first priestess of Mannarasala gave birth to a five-headed snake, which is believed to reside in the ancestral house to safeguard the family. At Mannarasala barren women are believed to be blessed with children and a special turmeric paste available at the shrine is credited with powers to cure even leprosy.

 

Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple, Mavelikkara:


The Kettukazhcha festival at this temple draws large crowds of devotees. Processions of tall decorated structures on chariots, brightly decorated effigies of horses and bullocks and cultural performances make a spectacular pageant. (Festival - February/March)

Events

Festival at Kandiyur Mahadeva Temple.
Highlights:
Kodiyettam, Arattu, Kathakali and Ottantullal (December)

Festival at Sree Karthyayini Temple.
Highlights
:
Kodiyettam, Arattu, Elephant pageantry, Panchavadyam, Chendamelam, Ritual arts, Kathakali (March)

Festival at Sree Krishna Swamy Temple:
Daily offering of palpayasam (milk sweet). Highlights:
Kodiyettam, Velakali Padayani, Community Feast, Ritual Procession, Ambanattu Panikkar Varavu Pallivetta (March)

Mannarasala Serpent Temple, Harippad (October/November)
Chirappu Mahotsavam, Mullackal Temple (December)
Chirappu Mahotsavam, Kidangamparampu Temple (December)
Chandanakudam, Kakkazhom Juma Masjid Arthungal Perunnal (January)
Edathuua Perunnal (May)
Thumpoli Church Perunnal Chettikulangara Kettukazhcha (February/March)
Aravukad Devi Temple, Punnapra (March/April)

Boat Races

Nehru Trophy Boat Race at Punnamada (2nd Saturday of August every year)
Pulinkunnu Rajiv Gandhi Boat Race (last Saturday of August)
Payippad Jalotsavam (4th Sept. '06, 28th Aug. '07, 14th Sept. '08, 4th Sept. '09)
Neerettupuram Boat Race (Onam - August/September)
Champakulam Moolam Boat Race at Harippad (10th July '06, 30th June '07, 19th June '08, 06th July '09, 26th June '10):
Highlights: Ceremonial water procession. Spectacular water floats Vanchipattu

 
 

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