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Tiruvalla Temple

At Thiruvalla in the Pathanamthitta district, there is a 400-year-old temple called Sree Vallabha dedicated to Sri Vallabha (Lord Vishnu). This temple, which is tucked away on the banks of the River Manimala, draws visitors with its breathtaking architectural beauty. Each visitor to the temple is captivated by the intricate stone carvings and exquisite mural paintings. The sanctum sanctorum of this Vishnu shrine houses an 8-foot idol. The legendary architect Perunthachan is credited with building the temple's Garuda Sthambha. The 54-foot flag staff was constructed from a single granite block.

History of Sree Vallabha

According to historical documents and antiquated stories, the oldest known temple in the nation is Sreevallabha Temple in Thiruvalla. It is believed to have been founded in 2998 BCE, when only a few tribal groups called the area home.

However, over time, the temple underwent a number of changes. The temple's current structure was built several centuries ago. It is dedicated to Lord Sreevallabha, one of the 108 divya desams on the globe and a form of Lord Vishnu who symbolises cosmic man.

How to Reach Sree Vallabha

By Air: Kochi, 110 kilometres away, is home to the closest airport to Sreevallabha Temple in Thiruvalla. You can either use public transportation or a straight taxi from the airport to go to the temple.

By Rail: Thiruvalla has a dedicated train station. As a result, you can travel directly to Thiruvalla by train from other significant cities and towns. The Thiruvalla railway station is roughly 3 km away from the temple.

By Road: Thiruvalla has an excellent vehicle system and is easily accessible by road.

Architecture of the Temple

The temple's architecture showcases the ancient Hindu style of planning and construction. The temple's walls are adorned with murals, which provide glimpses into some religious doctrines that form the basis of Hinduism. One of the most critical aspects of the temple is the presence of a natural tank that is considered extremely holy. Another important attraction of the temple is its 50 feet tall flagstaff, which is said to have a base that touches the area's water table. Made of granite, the flagstaff is made even more unique by the presence of a statue of Garuda, the supernatural half-man and half-bird vehicle or bearer of Lord Vishnu.

Important Festivals

The temples of Kerala, which generally remains inaccessible to women, allows their entry only on two days, including Vishnu and Thiruvathira. Besides this, the temple's most important festival is the annual festival of Uthraseeveli, celebrated during the Makayiram asterism in Meenam (March - April).

Nearby Attractions

  • Paliakkara Church
  • Parumala Church
  • Chakkulathukavu Temple
  • Lakestar Houseboat
  • Kumarakom bird Sanctuary


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