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Irinjalakuda is yet another happening town in Kerala state in South India. It is also a major commercial, cultural and educational hub in the Kerala state. It also has many ancient temples, churches, etc. Thus, Irinjalakuda is also a major tourist and pilgrim centre. Let’s see here some of the famous tourist spots in Irinjalakuda.
Vishwanathapuram Temple in Irinjalakuda
This temple is otherwise called as Lord Subramanya Swamy Temple and is situated in Irinjalakuda town in Thrissur district. The main deity of the temple is Lord Subramanya. This temple is built in traditional Keralite architecture. The foundation for this temple was laid in the year 1925 by Diwan Natayana Menon and was built based on the idea of the famous Shree Narayana Guru, the social reformer.
The main festival of this temple is Shashti Mahotsavam which is celebrated for six days. Thousands of pilgrims belonging to different caste and creed throng this temple during the festival. Many cultural activities as well as drama competitions are held by Sree Narayana Yuvajana Samath.
How to reach Vishwanathapuram Temple Vishwanathapuram Temple, Irinjalakuda can be reached through road as it is well connected by KSRTC as well as private buses. The nearest railway station is Irinjalakuda Railway Station which is some 9 Kms away. The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport situated 37 Kms away from the temple.
Arattupuzha Temple in Irinjalakuda
This temple is located at Arattupuzha which is 10 Kms away from Irinjalakuda, Thrissur District, Kerala and is governed by Cochin Devaswom Board. The advice of Arattupuzha Kshethra Upadeshaka Samithi Board is also taken in the governance of the temple. This temple was built 3000 years ago. The famous festival of this temple is Devamala which is celebrated right from ancient times and it is considered that all gods as well as goddesses are present during the festival at Arattupuzha. The deity found in the temple is that of Guru Vashista who was the teacher of Lord Sri Rama and is in a serene posture. It holds “Amrutha Kalasa” in his right hand and rests on the right knee. This falls under those few temples in India which do not have main deity.
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How to reach Arattupuzha Temple
The temple is situated in Irinjalakuda and is well connected by road to all other parts of Kerala state. The nearest railway station is the Pudukad Railway Station which is some 5 Kms from the temple whereas Wadakanchery Railway Station is situated 31 Kms away from the temple on the Shoranur Railway Junction line. Cochin International Airport is some 40 Km from the temple and it connects Thrissur with other parts of the country as well as the world.
Athirapally and Vazhachal Waterfalls in Irinjalakuda
This waterfalls is the major tourist’s spot of Kerala. This waterfalls is located in Athirapally which is 60 Kms away from Thrissur district. The Chalakkudy River originates in the upper parts of Western Ghats and is situated on the edge of Sholayar Forest Ranges. Both the waterfalls are some 5 Kms away from each other. Athirapally falls is situated at a height of 80 ft and is violent and turbulent whereas Vazhachal waterfalls is very cool and calm. Many endangered species of flora as well as fauna are found in the Athirapally and Vazhachal range. Lush green vegetation also surrounds this place which makes it a fascinating.
How to reach Athirapally and Vazhachal Waterfalls
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport which is some 58 Km away from Thrissur city and the Thrissur Railway Junction is the nearby railway station to the Athirapally and Vazhachal waterfalls. These waterfalls are also well connected by road to other parts of the state.
Chimmony Dam in Irinjalakuda
This dam is built across Chimoni River in Echippara and was completed in the year 1996. The lush green forests surround the dam and it has Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary that came into existence in the year 1984 and is situated on the Nelliyampathy Hills western slopes. It is also a famous bird area that consists of 192 avian of species and thus a bird watcher’s paradise. The endangered species of birds spotted here are grey headed bulbul, white bellied blue fly catcher, Indian rufous babbler, etc. Mupliam River and Kurumali River’s watershed areas are found in the sanctuary. It also offers jungle safaris as well as trekking paths for the adventure seeking travelers.
Cheppara in Irinjalakuda
It is yet another magnificent tourist place that is becoming popular among the local as well as the foreign travelers. This place could be reached within two hours from Irinjalakuda and one hour from Thrissur.
How to Reach Chimmony Dam and Cheppara
These places are well connected by road and KSRTC buses as well as private buses are operated to these places. The nearest railway station is Irinjalakuda Railway station and the nearest airport is Cochin International Airport.
St Sebastian’s Church in Irinjalakuda
St Sebastian’s Church is an ancient church built in the year 800 AD. Thazhekad Sasanam is the earliest surviving edicts which grant some special privileges to Syrian Christians and it dates back to 340-360 AD. It has been written on stone and is the proof of St Thomas Christians existence in Kerala. Earlier the Church was named as St Mary’s Church and it was then changed to St Sebastian. The church was demolished during Tipu Sultan’s invasion into Thrissur and the statue of St Sebastian was thrown away to be nearby forest. According to history, the faithful cried out for the statue of St Sebastian and for which the statue responded. Thus, the saying here goes as “Kurishumuthappan who responds upon invoking”. Later, the church was constructed completely in 1917. The church which is amidst ten temples was visited by Hindus as well and thus the religious harmony prevailed here. The church’s accountant is always selected from the Menon family. It is also one of the largest pilgrim centres in Irinjalakuda.
The nearest railway station is Irinjalakuda Railway station. The Church is well connected by road with other parts of the city as well as the state. The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport which is connected with all major cities in India as well as abroad.
Avittathur Siva Temple in Irinjalakuda
The main deity of the temple is Lord Siva and it faces west. The temple is also known as Avittathur Mahadeva Temple. The sanctum Sanctorum of the temple is built in round shape just like it is seen in any other temples. This temple is some 2000 years old and was built by the famous sage Agasthya. Apart from the main deity, the temple also has other deities such as Parvathi, Kiratha Moorthy and Dakshinamoorthy. Five daily poojas are held in the temple. During ancient times, the annual festival was celebrated up to 28 days at Kandozhijaru river in Chalakudy in Thrissur. Nowadays, the festival is celebrated for 10 days and the arattu is held in Ayyanchira or the temple pond. The temple is preserved and protected by Archaeological Survey of India.
Irinjalakuda is well connected by road and KSRTC buses as well as private buses connect the town with other parts of the state. The nearest railway station being the Irinjalakuda Railway Station and the nearest airport is Cochin International Airport which connects it with other parts of India and the World.