Ettumanoor is located 12 Kms north-east
of Kottayam town. The ancient Siva temple here has brought glory
and fame to the place.
Myths have it that the Pandavas and the
sage Vyasa had worshipped at this temple. The name of the place
had its origin from the word 'manoor', which means the home of deer.
The arattu festival of this temple is celebrated
on a grand scale on the Thiruvathira day in Kumbham (February-March)
every year. Large number of people flock to this temple on the 8th
and 10th day of the festival when seven and half elephants made
of gold (nearly 13 Kgms) will be held in public view. The temple,
the wealthiest Devaswom in Kerala, has many valuable possessions.