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Jewish Synagogue

The Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations, located in Kochi, Kerala, in South India. It was built in 1568 by the Malabar Yehudan people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin.The Jewish Synagogue, Kochi is one of the exemplary sightseeing spots in Kerala. For public viewing, the synagogue remains open from 10 am to 12 noon and again from 3 pm to 5 pm every day except Saturdays and Jewish holidays.

How to Reach :Being centrally located in Mattancherry, the synagogue is easily accessible. The nearest airport to the Jewish Synagogue, Kochi is the Cochin International Airport. Ernakulam Junction is the nearest railway station 10 km away and Mattancherry is well connected with metaled roads with the nearby towns and cities.

Thirunelli Temple

Thirunelli temple the holy emotion of Wayanad is also known as Amalaka Temple, Northern Kasi and Southern Gaya. No proper records of the exact dates of establishment of the temple has been maintained. But it is beyond dispute that this place is was once an important town and pilgrim centre in the middle of inaccessible jungle valley surrounded by four sides by mountains. Many pilgrims reach the place seeking deliverance and balitharpanam . This place is reachable by road. There are regular bus service from Mananthavady to Tirunelli Temple. The route is Mananthavady to Kattikulam ( 10 km) and from Kattikulam to Thettu it is about 8 km and from Thettu road junction take left to Thirunelli of about 13 km.

Science Planetarium

The Kozhikode Planetarium is located at Jaffarkhan colony. The planetarium reveals the mysteries of the universe, the planets and the galaxies. The planetarium, which can accommodate 250 people at a time, has a sophisticated Zeiss projector which helps visitors get an accurate image of the planets, stars and other astronomical objects. The visitor will be able to see the projected large images of stars with sound and visual effects. You can also peep into the mysteries of the universe with this projector and the whole ambiance is instructive, informative and lively. Daily shows are hosted at the planetarium, at 12 o’clock, 02 p.m.,

Ganapathy Temple

Pazhavangadi MahaGanapathy Temple is Situated in the heart of the Thiruvananthapuram City at Pazhavangadi. It is a well known Ganapathy Temple in Kerala. The main idol is installed in a seated posture with the right leg in a folded stance. The temple sculptures include 32 different forms of Lord Ganesha.

The Famous vazhipatu (offering) here is the breaking of coconuts at the temple. The offering is for fulfillment of any desire or obstacle. Other offerings associated with Lord Ganesha is Like Ganapathy Homam, appam, modakam etc. The temple Is situated in close proximity to the Sri Pradmabhaswamy temple. Other deities worshiped at the temple include Dharmasasta, Goddess Durga and Nargaraja. The major festivals celebrated at the temple are Vinayaka Chathurthi, Ganesh Jayanthi, Virad chathurthi and Sankashti Chathurthi.

How to reach

Nearest Railway Station – Thiruvanthapuram Central Railway Station ( 1.5 km away from the temple )
Nearest Airport – Thiruvanthapuram International airport ( 3 km away from the temple)
Bus – Central Bus station Tiruvantapuram, Nearest City Bus Stand is at East port.

Shri Padmananbhaswamy Temple

Shri Padmanabhaswamy temple is located in Thiruvananthapuram the Capital City of the State of Kerala in India. . It is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian style of architecture. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Vishnu, the padmanabhaswamy is enshrined in the Anantha – sayanam posture ( in the eternal sleep of yoga nidra on the serpent ananda). The maharajah of the Travancore bears the title Shree Pamanabha –dasa ( slave of Lord Padmanabha)

Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala takes its name from the presiding deity of the Shri Padmanabha Swamy temple. “Thiru” “Ananda” “Puram” means sacred abode of Lord Ananda Padmanabha. Hence the name Thiruvanthapuram literally – the land of shri Anantha Padmanabhaswamy. The city is also known as Andapuram (City of Bliss) and Syananduram (where bliss is not far off) Hindu scriptures refer to the supreme being as sachidananda (absolute consciousness, and absolute bliss)

How to reach –

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 1 km away.

Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 6 km away.

Buses ply from the main bus stand in Thiruvanthapuram at periodic intervals.

Thirunelli Temple

Thirunelli temple the holy emotion of Wayanad is also known as Amalaka Temple, Northern Kasi and Southern Gaya. No proper records of the exact dates of establishment of the temple has been maintained. But it is beyond dispute that this place is was once an important town and pilgrim centre in the middle of inaccessible jungle valley surrounded by four sides by mountains. Many pilgrims reach the place seeking deliverance and balitharpanam . This place is reachable by road. There are regular bus service from Mananthavady to Tirunelli Temple. The route is Mananthavady to Kattikulam ( 10 km) and from Kattikulam to Thettu it is about 8 km and from Thettu road junction take left to Thirunelli of about 13 km.

Chottanikkara Temple

This famous temple is in Chottanikkara in Ernakulam District of Kerala. The main deity here is mother god Bhagavathi. Bhagavathi is
the main goddess of worship here. Mahavishnu also is worshiped here. Bhagavathi is adored here in three distinct forms .In the morning ,
draped in white as Devi Saraswathi, at noon in saffron as Bhadra Kaali, at evening Druga in blue.

It is believed that Devi here cures the mental illness. So many mentally disturbed are being brought here for cure.

Chottanikkara Keezhkkavu temple is famous for “Guruthi Pooja.This pooja is done to awake the deity towards the evening. Chaottanikkara
is an important temple among the 108 Durga temples.

Temples:

There are two temples at Chottanikkara. Melkavu and Keezhkkavu.Melkkavu is the main temple.Here there is a big flag post and an elephant stable . The main idol Bhagavathi along with Mahavishnu faces the East.Like that in Kanyakumari here also the idol is made of Rudrakshasila. The idol of Maha Vishnu is six feet tall.This is of Krishnasila .The idol is in standing posture holding Sankhu, Chakra, Gada and Padma. The idol of Devi is only three feet
tall Also lord Shiva, Brahma, Subramahnia, and Sastha are present in the sanctum sanctorum.

Out side the Nalambalam on South West corner ,called Pavizhamallithara, is considered as the sacred place of Goddess and God. Near to this is the Siva Temple. Idol faces the East. Next to this there are temples of Ganapathi, Nagas, Yakshi , and Brahmarakshas. The yakshi here is theone which attacked Kandarapally Gupthan Namboothiri an ardent worshipper of Goddess .Hearing his the loud cry, Devi came out of the sanctum sanctorum and using her sacred sword cut the yakshi’s head and threw it to the nearby pond towards the south of the temple says the legend.The idol of yakshi was worshipped
here after that. On the North East is Sastha. Sastha along with Prabha Sathyaka is the idol here. Duuring the Sabarimala season thousands and thousands visit here . It is believed that one Namboothiri had put the idol of Sastha here for worship.

Keezhkkavu is almost 500 meters east of Melekkavu.Bhadra kaali is the idol here. This is inaugurated by Villwamangalathu Swamiyar.Guruthi is done here. This is done on every day butt it is more important in days of Tues day and Friday.This pooja is after the Melekkavu Atthazhapooja.It is believed that Keezhkkavu Bhagavathy and Sashtha takes care of the problems of mentally disturbed.

Poojas:

Naippayasam,Plappayasam, Koottu payasam, Kadumpayasam, Appam, Ada are the main offerings to the Goddess and Mahavishnu. For God Shiva its dhara,for Ganapathi it is Ottappam and Ganapathi homam, noorum paalum for Nagas,are also the main poojas here. For Sashta neerajanam is the important pooja. For Keezhkkavu Bhagavathy Guruthi and Vedivazhipaadu are the main pooja.

To reach here:

This temple is 15 kms distant from Ernakulam

Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple

The Ambalappuzha temple is one of the three important Sree Krishna temples in the state of Kerala. During the raids Tipu Sultan in 1789, the idol of Sree Krishna from the Guruvayoor Temple (Guruvayoorappan) was brought to the Ambalappuzha Temple for safe keeping. This temple is directly associated to the Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple. .It is very famous an idol of Sree Krishna, The Lord Parthasarathy idol was installed in the temple. This sweet pudding (payasam) made of rice and milk has an interesting mythological legend behind it. .It is believed that Guruvayoorappan reaches here daily at the time of Palpayasa Nedyam to have it.

How to Reach
Road: Ambalapuzha is a coastal town besides the NH 47 about 13 kms to the south of Allepey.
Rail : Ambalapuzha Railway Station Sree Krishna Temple Ambalapuzha Distance – 1 kms
Air : Cochin International Airport approx 85 km from Alappuzha town

Kottiyoor Shiva Temple

Kottiyoor Shiva temple is situated on the beautiful Sahya mountain range valley and is blessed with abundant natural beauty. It is a famous pilgrim center in Kerala devoted to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The full name of the temple is Kottiyoor Mahadeva Kshethram . This temple is also known as the Dakshina Kashi or Varanasi of the South.

According to the Sthala Purana, it is supposed to be the location of the famous Yagna of Daksha, also called the Daksha Yagna or the Dakshayaagam. The Bavali river with her medicinal waters flow from the Wayanad Ghats on the banks of the temple. The festival season is the second longest season festival in Kerala. It will be 28 days. The 28 days long annual festival here commences on the Chothi asterism in the Malayalam month of Edavam (May-June) and culminates on the Chithira asterism of the Mithunam month (June- July)The festival will be in rainy season and it attracts lakh of devotees every year during this festival time

How to reach –
Rail-Nearest rail way station is Thalassery 60 km.

Ananthapura Lake Temple

Ananthapura Lake Located around 30 km from Bekal, Ananthapura, a 9th century shrine is the only lake temple in Kerala This Hindu temple is located in the middle of a lake in the Kasargod District of Kerala. It is believed to be the original seat (Moolasthana) of Ananthapadmanabha Swami (Padmanabhaswamy temple) Thiruvananthapuram. Legend has it that this is the original site where Ananthapadmanabha
settled down. The local people believe that there is a lone crocodile living in the lake.

How to Reach –
Nearest airport – Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode about 200 km

Nearest railway station – Kasaragod, about 12 km

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