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Vembanad Lake
Vembanad Lake
Kumarakom is a vast network of rivers and canals which empty into the great expanse of water called the Vembanad Lake. The lake, an enchanting picnic spot and a fast developing backwater tourism destination, provides boating, fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating. The serene lake comes alive during Onam with a spectacular water regatta - the snake boat races.
Kumarakom Sanctuary
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is spread across 14 acres, is a favourite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teals, waterfowls, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds. If you are lucky you will chance upon a Siberian Crane, a special visitor during the migratory season.
This 10 acre island on the backwaters is home to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world. According to mythology a young Brahmin dived into the Vembanad Lake to perform his evening ablutions and the water made way for land to rise from below. Surrounded by the Vembanad Lake, stretching from Alappuzha to Kochi, Pathiramanal is accessible only by boat.
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
Associated with the legendary Parasurama, this temple is a typical example of the Kerala style of temple architecture. More popular as the Kasi of the South, this temple is famous for its elephant pageant and traditional art performances. The Shiva Linga here is believed to be from the ‘Treta yuga’ and considered as one of the oldest temples in Kerala where pooja has not been broken since inception.
Thalikkotta Siva Temple
Thalikotta Siva Temple
Thalikkotta Shiva Temple is an ancient shrine located at Thalikkotta in Kottayam District of Kerala. Thalikkotta is about 2 km from Kottayam. The chief deity here is Lord Shiva. It is believed that this temple was worshipped by the Thekkumkoor royal family at one time. An annual festival, which lasts for ten days, held in the month of April–May is a major draw.
Thirunakkara Temple
Thirunakkara Siva Temple
This 500 year old temple was built by the Thekkumkoor Maharajah. This temple built in the Kerala style of architecture has colorful murals on its walls, which are worth exploring. The Koothambalam, the special building in the temple premises used for cultural purposes, is one of the best in Kerala.
Thazhathangadi Masjid
Thazhathangadi Juma Masjid
The Thazhathangadi Juma Masjid, dating back to around 1000 years, is one of the oldest mosques in the country. It is believed that Habib Dinar, son of Malik Dinar who introduced Kerala to Islam, constructed the masjid. The picturesque beauty of the Masjid, on the banks of River Meenachil, attracts many visitors. The Government of Kerala has declared the mosque as one of its protected monuments.
Thazhathangadi Valiapalli
Thazhathangadi Valiyapalli
Thazhathangadi Valiapalli belongs to the Knanaya Orthodox Syrian Community. It was built in 1550 AD. The church has two granite crosses of Persian origin. They have inscriptions in Pahalavi language,which was once the official language of the Sassanian dynasty of Persia. The church is 2 km west of Kottayam .