The most important of all the temples, Kalpathi Temple is dedicated
to Lord Shiva. The car festival or the Rathotsavam is held here
75 kms from Palakkad along the banks of River Bharathapuzha, Thrithala
is famed for its Shiva temple. Kattilmadom temple on the Pattambi-Guruvayoor
road has archaeological importance, the small granite structure,
and a testimony of Buddhist influence, built probably during the
9th or 10th century.
Jain Temple of Jainmedu
Situated in Vadakkanthara village on the western border of Palakkad
town. This historic 32 feet long and 20 feet wide granite temple
devoid of many decoration, displays images of the Jain Thirthankaras
and yekshinis. The region around the temple known as Jainmedu is
one of the few places in Kerala where the vestiges of Jainism have
survived. It is in a Jain house here, where the famous poet Kumaranasan
wrote his monumental famous poem 'Veenapoovu' which means the 'Fallen
Ongallur Taliyil Shiva Temple
Situated near Pattambi, this temple has some of the most intricate
laterite sculptures in Kerala.
Punarjini Guha (Natural Tunnel)
Situated 2 kms from the Thiruvilwamala Temple, this Guha is a natural
tunnel in the rocky cliff. Sri Raman is the temple's chief deity
of the idol is believed to be 'Swayambhoo' (Born on its own), and
its abode is on the Western side. One can reach there either by
foot, along the rugged hills or to the foot of the hills through
the motor able road down and then climb up. The narrow tunnel is
inside the road, about 15meters long. It is believed that performing
'noozhal' which means crawling through the tunnel from one end to
the other will wash away one's sins and thus attain rebirth. Only
men are allowed to do the noozhal (crawling) normally, and women
can do it only once a year on Ekadeshi Day.
Thenari (Natural Spring)
It is believed that the waters of this natural spring, located in
front of the old Sree Ram Temple here, is as sacred as the water
of the Ganges. Legend goes that when Lord Rama and Sita were on
exile. One day Sita felt thirsty and there was no water nearby.
Lord Rama used his bow and arrow made a spring to quench Sita's
Thiruvegappura Sankaranarayan Temple
This Temple in Palakkad district dates back to the 14th century,
while its Koothambalam (Temple Theater) was probably added in the
15th or 16th century.