Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, a major religious center near Kumarakom, is located at a distance of about 2 km from the town of Kottayam. The history of the temple dates back to 16th century, and it is believed to have been constructed by the Raja of Thekkumkur. The temple attracts thousands of travelers with its splendid architecture.
The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva, and it is frequented by devotees during the festival seasons. The major festival observed at this temple is the ten-day-long Phalguna Utsavam which is held annually. Several folk dance forms such as Kathakali and Velakali are perfumed during this festival, offering a true visual treat to the spectators.
Apart from the traditional Kerala style architecture, what attract art lovers to this temple are its mural paintings. The temple complex comprises of a Koothambalam (a stage where performances are held) and sub shrines of Lord Ganesha.