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    Shri Krishna Temple - Shri Krishna Temple is located to the west of the Sringeri Mutt Complex. It is popularly known as the abode of Sree Sankara Acharya and has been mentioned as the Kula Deva in the 243rd verse of Prabodha Sudhakaram. This temple is part of the Devasthanam of Kalady, which is governed by two Namboothiri families. These families are believed to have had close relations with the famous Sankara. Various prayers and pujas are conducted by Namboothiris in this temple that is assumed to be the sole surviving structure of the period of Sankara.

     

    Kanjoor - The Puthiyedam Temple enshrines the idol of the main deity Parthasarathy, in a standing position. The Kanjoor Church, constructed in 1001, is located on the banks of the Periyar River. Kanjoor is a small town, in the vicinity of Aluva in the Ernakulam District. Located at a distance of around 4.6 km from Kalady, this town is famous for the Kanjoor Church and the Puthiyedam Temple. The church is known for its architecture, which is a combination of various styles like Indian, Persian and Portuguese. Various paintings and ancient structures are displayed within the premises of this church. This church also has various ancient manuscripts and books. St. Mary’s Forane, a church situated nearby, is another attraction.

     

    Mahadev Temple - The Mahadev Temple is a famous Lord Shiva temple situated south of Aluva, in the Ernakulam District. Various small shrines of Goddess Parvathi, Lord Ayyappa, Lord Vishnu and Lord Ganesha are enshrined within the Mahadev Temple. The popular shrine of Goddess Parvathi is open for visitors only for 12 days in a year. Thiruvathira, a major festival, is organised during these 12 days.

     

    Ramakrishna Advaita Ashram - The Ramakrishna Advaita Ashram is one of the renowned ashrams in the region of Kalady. This ashram was built in 1936 to commemorate the great visionary Shri Ramakrishna. It is located in the vicinity of other tourist attractions like the Sringeri Mutt Complex and the Keerthisthambam. This ancient ashram has a prayer hall with many beautiful images and pictures of gods and renowned visionaries. It organises various preaching classes of Sri Ramakrishna and Adi Sankara.

     

    St. Joseph Church - St. Joseph Church is located at a distance of around 2.8 km from Kalady, in Thannipuzha. This church is famous for the celebrations of the Feast of Parish Patron St. Joseph, on the first Sunday of May. It has two chapels, one is near the River Periyar and the other is situated at Okkal junction. The church celebrates the feasts of St. Martin and St. Sebastian, in the month of November and January, respectively.

     

    Kallil Devi Temple - It covers an area of around 28 acres and is dedicated to Goddess Durga. It has idols of the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. The Kallil Pisharody family was the original owner of this temple. Presently, it is owned and governed by the Chenkottukonam Sree Ramadasashramam. Kallil Devi Temple is a rock shrine that can be reached by climbing around 120 steps. The temple is believed to be built in the 9th century and is a famous Jain shrine. The temple also has some of the Jain deities such as Mahavira, Padmavati Devi and Parshvanath. This temple was named after its original owner Kallils, which literally means ‘in stone'.

     

    Sringeri Mutt Complex - The Sringeri Mutt Complex was established on the ruins of the house of Adi Sankara. Located on the northern banks of the Periyar River, this complex is home to various small shrines. This complex was built to commemorate Adi Sankara, who was a great philosopher, saint and visionary. Among the various temples located within the complex, the temple of Sankaracharya and Goddess Saradamba are most popular. Another temple, devoted to Sankara’s mother, is also present within the premises.

     

    Kuzhipillykavu Jaladurga Temple - The Kuzhipillykavu Jaladurga Temple is situated near Kalady, in the town of Perumbavoor. Kuzhipilli refers to a temple in a pit. The temple has Rudrakshashila as its main deity, which is a manifestation of the three goddesses, Bhadrakali, Saraswathi and Durga.  It is believed that devotees worship this idol as Bhadrakali, who killed the demon-king Dharika. There are also idols of Lord Ganesh, Santhi Durga, Brahmarakshas and Balabhadra. According to a legend, the Rudrakshashila was hit by a tool while digging a pond and it started bleeding. On seeing this, local people started believing that the Rudrakshashila had divine powers. The idol was discovered from a pool, which is why the deity at the temple is also popular as Jaladurga.  

     

    Crocodile Ghat - One day, Sankaracharya accompanied by his mother, went to take a bath in the River Poorna as he was touched by a dog. A crocodile caught his leg and while drowning in the water Sankara requested his mother to allow him to take sanyasa, as the crocodile would not leave him. It is believed that the crocodile left his leg as soon as his mother agreed.  Crocodile Ghat, popularly known as Muthala Kadavu, is regarded as the place where Sankara took sanyasam or initiated his ascetic life. According to legend, Sankara’s decision of taking sanyasa was not approved by his mother.

     

    Thekke Madhom - Thekke Madhom lies near Sri Krishna Temple, which is assumed to have been established by Sree Sankara Acharya at Trichur. In order to pay respect to Sree Sankara Acharya, the Thekke Madhom Mutt is believed to have been given special privilege at the Sri Krishna Temple. This mutt was marked as the area of Sankara Sanketham and was given special rights in 1730.

     

    Aryadevi Samadhi Mandapam - The Aryadevi Samadhi Mandapam was built to honour the mother of Sree Sankara Acharya, Aryadevi. The body of his mother was cremated here by Sankara Acharya himself with the help of two Namboodiri families of Kalady.  This place was identified and accepted in 1905 by Sree Sringeri Mutt as the birthplace of the legend Sankara Acharya. In 1905, this place was acquired from Kappilly Mana by the Travancore Highness and was given to Sree Sringeri Mutt.

     

    Vamanamoorthy Temple - The Vamanamoorthy Temple, dedicated to one of the forms of Lord Vishnu, is located near Kalady, at Thrikkakara. This temple is famous for its architecture, reflecting the craftsmanship of Kerala. Various inscriptions, belonging to the period extending from the 10th century to the 13th century, are carved on the walls. The festival of Onam is organised on a grand scale at this temple.

     

    Nayathodu Sankara Narayana Temple - The Nayathodu Sankara Narayana Temple is regarded as the ideal Advaitam worship by Sankara Acharya. As per legend, Lord Vishnu appeared in this temple and decided to reside in the idol of Lord Shiva. Devotees from that day offer prayers to the same idol twice, once in the form of Lord Vishnu and then in the form of Lord Shiva.

     

    Manickamangalam Karthyayani Temple - The Manickamangalam Karthyayani Temple is devoted to Goddess Durga and is a few kilometres away from Kalady. Sharman Namboodiri, who was the father of Sree Sankara Shiva, devoted his life as a priest in this temple.

     

    Kalady Kadavu - Kalady Kadavu, also known as the Aaraattu Kadavu, is considered as the place where Kalady came into existence. This place is famous for the commencement of a holy task Aaraattu, which is bathing an idol in a river. This task was initially performed by Sankara. The Aaraattu is performed at this Ghat during the festival of Sree Krishna Temple.

     

    Keerthisthambam - Keerthisthambam is a large multi-storeyed monument, dedicated to Adi Sankara. It is located on the shores of the Periyar River and is also known as the Pillar of Fame. On the top of this structure is a statue of Adi Sankara.  In order to see the entire statue, one has to climb to the top. There are various inscriptions on the walls, reflecting the missions of his life.

     

    St. Roche's Church - St. Roche's Church is situated in the village of Manickamangalam, around 3 km away from the banks of the Periyar River. This church was built in 1922 on the land donated by Sri Kolenchery Chacko Kochappu.  It is believed the Vicar of Kottamam Parish, Rev. Fr. Ouseph Thaliyath, constructed this church. In 1924, Fr. Ouseph Chiramel rebuilt this church after it was demolished by floods. The foundation stone of this church was laid by Rev. Fr. Geevarghese Kolenchery on 9th November 1959.

     

    Mattoor Thiru Vellaman Thulli Shiva Temple - The Mattoor Thiru Vellaman Thulli Shiva Temple is dedicated to the deity installed by the father of Sree Sankara, Sarman Namboodiri. This temple is located at a distance of around 2 km from the town of Kalady.  Thiru Vellaman Thulli means a white dancing deer. As per mythology, the parents of Sree Sankara could not walk to the nearby temple due to old age. As a result, Lord Shiva appeared in Sarman Namboodiri’s dream and asked him to follow a white deer. Next day, a white dancing deer appeared in front of the house, following whom, Sarman Namboodiri reached an idol. Lord Shiva asked him to worship this idol instead of praying at the distant temple.

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    Edassery Tower, Kalady

    Edassery Tower, Kalady offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions. It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city. This property is c

    1,500.00 Avg/night

    Tamarind KTDC Easy Hotel, Kalady

    Kaipattor Road

    Tamarind KTDC Easy Hotel, Kalady offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions. It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city. This pro

    3,100.00 Avg/night

    Sri Shankara Guest House, Kalady

    Sri Shankara Janma Bhoomi

    Sri Shankara Guest House, Kalady offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions. It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city. This pro

    2,500.00 Avg/night

    Rukmini Hotel, Kalady

    Kalady Road

    Rukmini Hotel, Kalady Situated at the prime location of Angamaly city, it offers several tourist spots within the close vicinity. They are Paradesi 45 km (approx.), Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium 28 km (approx.),

    2,160.00 Avg/night

    Amma Residency Hotel, Kalady

     Perumbavoor Road

    Amma Residency Hotel, Kalady Located barely 50 m from Kalady Bus Station and Kalady Shankaracharya Temple, Hotel Amma Residency operates a 24-hour front desk to welcome and assist guests. Free WiFi access is available in

    2,000.00 Avg/night

    Pooja Residency Hotel, Kalady

    MC Road

    Pooja Residency Hotel, Kalady offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions. It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city. This proper

    2,500.00 Avg/night

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    Shri Krishna Temple - Shri Krishna Temple is located to the west of the Sringeri Mutt Complex. It is popularly known as the abode of Sree Sankara Acharya and has been mentioned as the Kula Deva in the 243rd verse of Prabodha Sudhakaram. This temple is part of the Devasthanam of Kalady, which is governed by two Namboothiri families. These families are believed to have had close relations with the famous Sankara. Various prayers and pujas are conducted by Namboothiris in this temple that is assumed to be the sole surviving structure of the period of Sankara.

     

    Kanjoor - The Puthiyedam Temple enshrines the idol of the main deity Parthasarathy, in a standing position. The Kanjoor Church, constructed in 1001, is located on the banks of the Periyar River. Kanjoor is a small town, in the vicinity of Aluva in the Ernakulam District. Located at a distance of around 4.6 km from Kalady, this town is famous for the Kanjoor Church and the Puthiyedam Temple. The church is known for its architecture, which is a combination of various styles like Indian, Persian and Portuguese. Various paintings and ancient structures are displayed within the premises of this church. This church also has various ancient manuscripts and books. St. Mary’s Forane, a church situated nearby, is another attraction.

     

    Mahadev Temple - The Mahadev Temple is a famous Lord Shiva temple situated south of Aluva, in the Ernakulam District. Various small shrines of Goddess Parvathi, Lord Ayyappa, Lord Vishnu and Lord Ganesha are enshrined within the Mahadev Temple. The popular shrine of Goddess Parvathi is open for visitors only for 12 days in a year. Thiruvathira, a major festival, is organised during these 12 days.

     

    Ramakrishna Advaita Ashram - The Ramakrishna Advaita Ashram is one of the renowned ashrams in the region of Kalady. This ashram was built in 1936 to commemorate the great visionary Shri Ramakrishna. It is located in the vicinity of other tourist attractions like the Sringeri Mutt Complex and the Keerthisthambam. This ancient ashram has a prayer hall with many beautiful images and pictures of gods and renowned visionaries. It organises various preaching classes of Sri Ramakrishna and Adi Sankara.

     

    St. Joseph Church - St. Joseph Church is located at a distance of around 2.8 km from Kalady, in Thannipuzha. This church is famous for the celebrations of the Feast of Parish Patron St. Joseph, on the first Sunday of May. It has two chapels, one is near the River Periyar and the other is situated at Okkal junction. The church celebrates the feasts of St. Martin and St. Sebastian, in the month of November and January, respectively.

     

    Kallil Devi Temple - It covers an area of around 28 acres and is dedicated to Goddess Durga. It has idols of the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. The Kallil Pisharody family was the original owner of this temple. Presently, it is owned and governed by the Chenkottukonam Sree Ramadasashramam. Kallil Devi Temple is a rock shrine that can be reached by climbing around 120 steps. The temple is believed to be built in the 9th century and is a famous Jain shrine. The temple also has some of the Jain deities such as Mahavira, Padmavati Devi and Parshvanath. This temple was named after its original owner Kallils, which literally means ‘in stone'.

     

    Sringeri Mutt Complex - The Sringeri Mutt Complex was established on the ruins of the house of Adi Sankara. Located on the northern banks of the Periyar River, this complex is home to various small shrines. This complex was built to commemorate Adi Sankara, who was a great philosopher, saint and visionary. Among the various temples located within the complex, the temple of Sankaracharya and Goddess Saradamba are most popular. Another temple, devoted to Sankara’s mother, is also present within the premises.

     

    Kuzhipillykavu Jaladurga Temple - The Kuzhipillykavu Jaladurga Temple is situated near Kalady, in the town of Perumbavoor. Kuzhipilli refers to a temple in a pit. The temple has Rudrakshashila as its main deity, which is a manifestation of the three goddesses, Bhadrakali, Saraswathi and Durga.  It is believed that devotees worship this idol as Bhadrakali, who killed the demon-king Dharika. There are also idols of Lord Ganesh, Santhi Durga, Brahmarakshas and Balabhadra. According to a legend, the Rudrakshashila was hit by a tool while digging a pond and it started bleeding. On seeing this, local people started believing that the Rudrakshashila had divine powers. The idol was discovered from a pool, which is why the deity at the temple is also popular as Jaladurga.  

     

    Crocodile Ghat - One day, Sankaracharya accompanied by his mother, went to take a bath in the River Poorna as he was touched by a dog. A crocodile caught his leg and while drowning in the water Sankara requested his mother to allow him to take sanyasa, as the crocodile would not leave him. It is believed that the crocodile left his leg as soon as his mother agreed.  Crocodile Ghat, popularly known as Muthala Kadavu, is regarded as the place where Sankara took sanyasam or initiated his ascetic life. According to legend, Sankara’s decision of taking sanyasa was not approved by his mother.

     

    Thekke Madhom - Thekke Madhom lies near Sri Krishna Temple, which is assumed to have been established by Sree Sankara Acharya at Trichur. In order to pay respect to Sree Sankara Acharya, the Thekke Madhom Mutt is believed to have been given special privilege at the Sri Krishna Temple. This mutt was marked as the area of Sankara Sanketham and was given special rights in 1730.

     

    Aryadevi Samadhi Mandapam - The Aryadevi Samadhi Mandapam was built to honour the mother of Sree Sankara Acharya, Aryadevi. The body of his mother was cremated here by Sankara Acharya himself with the help of two Namboodiri families of Kalady.  This place was identified and accepted in 1905 by Sree Sringeri Mutt as the birthplace of the legend Sankara Acharya. In 1905, this place was acquired from Kappilly Mana by the Travancore Highness and was given to Sree Sringeri Mutt.

     

    Vamanamoorthy Temple - The Vamanamoorthy Temple, dedicated to one of the forms of Lord Vishnu, is located near Kalady, at Thrikkakara. This temple is famous for its architecture, reflecting the craftsmanship of Kerala. Various inscriptions, belonging to the period extending from the 10th century to the 13th century, are carved on the walls. The festival of Onam is organised on a grand scale at this temple.

     

    Nayathodu Sankara Narayana Temple - The Nayathodu Sankara Narayana Temple is regarded as the ideal Advaitam worship by Sankara Acharya. As per legend, Lord Vishnu appeared in this temple and decided to reside in the idol of Lord Shiva. Devotees from that day offer prayers to the same idol twice, once in the form of Lord Vishnu and then in the form of Lord Shiva.

     

    Manickamangalam Karthyayani Temple - The Manickamangalam Karthyayani Temple is devoted to Goddess Durga and is a few kilometres away from Kalady. Sharman Namboodiri, who was the father of Sree Sankara Shiva, devoted his life as a priest in this temple.

     

    Kalady Kadavu - Kalady Kadavu, also known as the Aaraattu Kadavu, is considered as the place where Kalady came into existence. This place is famous for the commencement of a holy task Aaraattu, which is bathing an idol in a river. This task was initially performed by Sankara. The Aaraattu is performed at this Ghat during the festival of Sree Krishna Temple.

     

    Keerthisthambam - Keerthisthambam is a large multi-storeyed monument, dedicated to Adi Sankara. It is located on the shores of the Periyar River and is also known as the Pillar of Fame. On the top of this structure is a statue of Adi Sankara.  In order to see the entire statue, one has to climb to the top. There are various inscriptions on the walls, reflecting the missions of his life.

     

    St. Roche's Church - St. Roche's Church is situated in the village of Manickamangalam, around 3 km away from the banks of the Periyar River. This church was built in 1922 on the land donated by Sri Kolenchery Chacko Kochappu.  It is believed the Vicar of Kottamam Parish, Rev. Fr. Ouseph Thaliyath, constructed this church. In 1924, Fr. Ouseph Chiramel rebuilt this church after it was demolished by floods. The foundation stone of this church was laid by Rev. Fr. Geevarghese Kolenchery on 9th November 1959.

     

    Mattoor Thiru Vellaman Thulli Shiva Temple - The Mattoor Thiru Vellaman Thulli Shiva Temple is dedicated to the deity installed by the father of Sree Sankara, Sarman Namboodiri. This temple is located at a distance of around 2 km from the town of Kalady.  Thiru Vellaman Thulli means a white dancing deer. As per mythology, the parents of Sree Sankara could not walk to the nearby temple due to old age. As a result, Lord Shiva appeared in Sarman Namboodiri’s dream and asked him to follow a white deer. Next day, a white dancing deer appeared in front of the house, following whom, Sarman Namboodiri reached an idol. Lord Shiva asked him to worship this idol instead of praying at the distant temple.

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