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Kodungalloor in Kerala is a famous small town in Thrissur, which has Masjid, Temples and the remnants of Kerala history which attract the tourists. The Tour to Kodungalloor will reveal about its historic past which once used to be a famous port of the Kerala Rulers. Kodungalloor is a famous backwater destination. The Greek called it the Muziris. This was the place where St. Thomas had landed.
Kodungallur was the capital of Cheraman Perumal, the last Chera ruler, in the 7th century AD who is believed to have been abdicated his throne and divided his kingdom among the local chieftains and left for Mecca to embrace Islam After this, This place was later ruled by Perumpadapu Swaroopam for sometime. Kodungallur situated on the west coast, was once a great port of the Chera rulers. Kodungallur was a critical trade link in Indian Ancient Maritime History.
Places to visit
The present day town has some very interesting places for the tourist to view:
Kodungallur Bagavathy temple
This is believed to have been constructed during the reign of Chera King, Cheran Senkuttuvan, is famous for its Bharani and Thalappoli festival. The temple requires the pilgrim to carry pepper and turmeric powder as one of the offerings to the deity.
The Bharani festival at the Kodungallur Bhagawati temple is one of the grandest in Kerala. It is a month of festivities from the Bharani asterism in the month of Aquarius to 7 days after the Bharani asterism in the month of Pisces. Traditionally the temple (especially during the Bharani festival) has been associated with a lot of animal sacrifices. These customs have been done away with in the 20th century. The blood of the sacrificed used to be spilled over two stones in the prakaram, and as mentioned above, this practice is now stopped.William Logan, a social historian of Kerala, noted in 1887 that, "after Onam, the national festival, Kodungallur Bharani was the most important celebration in Kerala.
Cheraman Jama Masjid
This Masjid is built around 629 AD by Malik Ibn Dinar and 20 others who were the followers of Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, first landed here when they came to India. Islam received royal patronage in some states here, and later spread to other parts of India. He built a mosque there in the shape of a Hindu temple. It could also have been the first mosque in the Indian subcontinent. Though, generally it is considered to be the second mosque of the world after the mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia.
St. Mar Thomas Church
It is to be believed that Christs apostle St Thomas landed in Kodungallur in 52 AD. The St.Thomas Church established by him houses ancient relics and is believed to the first Christian church in India. It is a famous church and very important among the Christians.
Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva temple
This temple is one of the oldest Siva temples in south India where Lord Siva is said to live along with his whole family. This temple has got a healthy relation with south India's famous Chidambaram temple. This temple has another rare event called "Anayottam" which is part of the annual festival.
Edavilangu sivakrishnapuram temple
This is an another oldest temples in kodungallur, actually this temple is under the Cochin Devaswom Board but now look after by the devotees of Edavilangu. Here,Lord Siva and Krishna are the main idols.
Nearby places to visit
The Shakthan Thampuran Palace: This palace is also known as Vadakkekara Palace was constructed by the great ruler of Cochin, Shakthan Thampuran and rebuilt in 1795 by Sri. Ramavarma Thampuran. The style of architecture bears considerable Dutch influences.
The Church of Our Lady of Dolors: The Church of Our Lady of Dolours is the biggest and tallest church in Asia, situated in the heart of the city of Thrissur. It is famous for the construction in its Gothic style architecture.
Kerala Sahitya Academy: Kerala Sahitya Academy is built in collaboration with the Kendra Sahitya Academy in New Delhi aims at encouraging Malayalam language and promoting its literature especially to the younger generations.
Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy: Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy was established in 1962 as an attempt to promote the performing and fine arts of the state which had fallen into a decline.
Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy: Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy in Thrissur was established to promote dance, theater and music in Kerala. Thanks to its efforts Thrissur can now boast of a theatre with all modern amenities.
Vadakkumnathan Temple: One of the oldest temples in the State, the Vadakkumnathan temple is a classical example of the Kerala style of architecture and has many decorative murals and pieces of art. This is the venue of the world famous Pooram festival celebrated annually in April-May. The fireworks at the Pooram are a spectacular sight. Non-Hindus are not allowed entry into the temple.
Christian Divine Retreat Centers: They are located at Muringoor and Potta near Chalakudi, on the Kochi - Thrissur route.
Guruvayoor (29 km west of Thrissur):
Guruvayoor is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres of Kerala. Its main attraction is the Sree Krishna temple.
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: Trivandrum Airport is 119 km away.
Nearest Railhead: Thiruvalla is 5 km away.
By road: Kodungalloor is well connected through roads.
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