MY TRIP TO PALAKKAD, KERALA

DAY 1

Good morning friends,

As promised, I am taking you all on a trip to Kerala. I am with my husband, my mother, and daughter in a beautiful place called Palakkad, in Kerala. We left Chennai on 31st March, 2022 and reached Palakkad on 1.4.2022 at 4.45 AM. We were worried about getting a good accommodation but God’s divine grace was with us. We are staying at Sapthagiri, a homely hotel at a small village called Vadakkanthara which is hardly 15 minutes from the Palakkad Junction Railway Station.

Our room
Relaxing at my air conditioned room

The people of Kerala are so friendly and helpful. We went to have breakfast at Dosa Corner which is just 10 minutes away from our lodging.

After a shower and a quick breakfast, we went to visit our family deity, Bhagavathi Amman at a place called Kannadi.

Yarakkara bridge on our way to Kannadi, a small village.
scenic view
Inside Kannadi Kottukulangara Temple

Photography is not allowed beyond this point. This is the temple of Devi Kannadi Kottukulangara. Goddess Parvati ( also known as Adi Parashakti mata Or Bhagwati Devi, consort of Lord Shiva) appeared in front of the Brahmin Saints who performed penance at the north-western side of Kannadi River (Chadanamkurrussi) .

According to shrikottukulangarabhagavathytemple.pravahasoftware.com, the sins of the people around these Brahmin saints got them killed and the temple faced dereliction. The area wore a deserted forest look. But the temple and deity still remained powerful.

However, some ladies who went to collect firewood, discovered the idol and took it home and started worshipping. Later on, they handed over the idol to the Lordly family who reconstructed the temple and restored the idol. We paid a visit to our ancestral property in Thondikulam which is hardly 20 minutes from the temple of Bhagwati Devi.

My ancestral house in Thondikulam.

Kalahasty Bhavan. Thondikulam
Sri Balaji temple at the end of the lane.

These are the places where my forefathers lived before they moved to settle in Burma ( Myanmar). They are my ancestors from my father’s paternal side of the family. It was so nice to revisit these lanes. I really miss dad. I have never seen my paternal grandfather.

We returned to our lodge before resuming our memorable trip to Palakkad fort and Garden.

Palakkad fort
Inside the Palakkad Fort
Having great fun at the Palakkad fort.

Palakkad Fort

Sultan Hyder Ali, father of Tipu Sultan, recaptured and rebuilt this fort in 1766 AD. (Wikipedia)

moat around the fort
Children’s park near the fort

We visited the children’s park just near the Fort.There is a skating rink at the entrance.

We went to visit Hanuman temple in the Fort.

Govt. Victoria College

On our way to the other temples, we went through the market and Victoria College that was founded in 1888( Wikipedia).

Our next stop happened to be Shri Guruvayoorappan Temple. It’s dedicated to Lord Krishna who manifests himself in the form of Guruvayoorappan.

Outside Guruvayoorappan temple
Shri Laxminarayana Perumal Temple in Kalpathy

Shri Laxminarayana Perumal Temple in Kalpathy is dedicated to Shri Vishnu, the protecting Lord and Goddess Laxmi, His Consort and The Goddess of Wealth.

One thing noteworthy about the temples in Kerala is that they are very punctual about the opening and closing of the temple premises. Most of the temples open up as early as 4.30 AM and close by 10-11 AM for morning visit.

Sri Visalakshi Sametha Sri Viswanathaswamy temple, Kalpathy

Sri Visalakshi Sametha Sri Viswanathaswamy temple popularly known as Kasi Viswanathaswamy Temple or locally as kundukovil is a famous Hindu temple located in the Kalpathy village of Palakkad in Kerala, India. Kalpathy Rathotsawam ( taking out the procession in a chariot) takes place here. Kalpathy river (Nila Nadhi) flows near the vicinity of the temple and there is a temple pond as well. The presiding deity is Lord Siva ( Kashi Vishwanath) and his consort Visalakshi (another name for Parvati). This temple dates back to early fifteenth century. It’s believed that visiting this temple is equivalent to seeing Lord Vishwanath in Kashi.

This concluded the first day of our trip. The climate is quite hot now. We visited a temple this morning at Vadakkanthara dedicated to Goddess Bhagawathi.

Vadakkanthara Bhagawathi temple

We are going to visit some very interesting places after lunch.

I hope to post them as soon as possible.

Thank you so much for taking your precious time to visit my website. Hope you enjoyed reading my blogs. 😊😊

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