Pandalam Palace, placed on the banks of Achankovil river, was home to the royal family of Pandalam. The palace is located in Pandalam at a distance of 10 km from the town of Adoor. The royal family of this palace enjoys a significant position in the history of Kerala. It is believed that they have descended from the Pandya kings of Madurai. Pandalam Palace carries not just historical importance, but a considerable religious magnitude as well. According to legends, Lord Ayyappa was born to the King of Pandalam.
There is a temple on the banks of Achankovil river which is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. This temple bears a remarkable resemblance to the renowned Sabarimala Temple. Makaravilakku is the most prominent festival observed in the region. The sacred ornaments of Lord Ayyappa are carried from Pandalam Palace to Sabarimala as a grand procession three days prior to the festival. Divinity coupled with multihued festivities makes Pandalam Palace a popular destination for travellers.
Pandalam Mahadeva Temple, one of the oldest temples in Kerala, lies scenically on the banks of Achankovil river. This ancient religious spot is in Pandalam town, 10 km away from Adoor. Best known for its natural procession route located around the sanctum, the temple attracts hundreds of devotees every year.
The main deity of this temple is Lord Shiva. The temple complex contains idols of Lord Ganesha, Maya-Yakshi Amma, Lord Ayyappa, Nagaraja, Lord Subramanian, Brahma Rakshas and Rakshas. Kettukazhcha festival, which is conducted yearly in this temple, is a major attraction for travellers and devotees. During the months of November and December a ten-day-long festival is celebrated at this temple. The hoisting of a flag marks the beginning of the celebrations and the festival ends with a ceremony named Aarattu. Located on the riverside, Pandalam Mahadeva Temple offers a picturesque view to travellers and solace to devotees.
Parthasarathy Temple, one of the oldest Krishna temples of Kerala, is the reason why most travellers come to Adoor on a pilgrimage. Lord Parthasarathy who is an incarnation of Lord Krishna is worshipped in this temple. Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva are the other two major deities worshipped in the Parthasarathy Temple. The temple holds a ten-day annual festival during which this place is frequented by travellers coming from all over Kerala.
The major attraction of the festival is the Gajamela conducted in the temple premises on the final day of the festival. Serving as a visual treat to the spectators, nine costumed elephants are arrayed in front of the temple and take part in a grand procession that is followed. Another festival celebrated fervently is the Ashtami Rohini festival, the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. Many folk art forms and dances, such as Parichamuttukali, Mayoora Nritham, Ammankudam and Velakali are performed during the festival.
Pattupurakkal Devi Temple is a prominent religious spot and yet another attraction of Adoor. This temple is situated in the surroundings of the Pandalam Valiakoikkal Temple and is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali who is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. The temple complex comprises of the sanctum, the idol of Goddess Bhadrakali and a Kanikka Mandapam.
The temple attracts hundreds of devotees all through the year. The Kanikka Mandapam of the temple is 250 metres high and is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. This ancient temple has a history that dates back to the reign of the Pandya Rajas. Like all the other temples of the region, Pattupurakkal Devi Temple has contributed majorly to the cultural and religious history of Adoor. An air of devotion lingers in the temple surroundings and travellers are sure to find this place a spot of great religious sentiments.
Puthenkavil Bhagavathy Temple, a shrine dedicated to the Goddess Bhadrakali, is situated at a distance of around 8 km from the town of Adoor. There is a legend prevalent among the devotees about how this temple was constructed. According to the legend the temple was constructed by a man from Palappallil family of Kurampala. The goddess was pleased by the devotion of this man and conferred him with spiritual powers.
The temple is believed to have been constructed after this incident. An idol of Goddess Bhadrakali was installed in the temple. The temple has an eight-handed idol of Goddess Bhadrakali within the sanctum. Idols of other deities, such as Ganesha, Adavi, Yakshi, Madan, Marutha, Moorthy, Anamarutha and Ghantakarna are also enshrined in the temple complex. Puthenkavil Bhagavathy Temple occupies a prominent position in the cultural history of Adoor. The temple is frequented by the devotees of Goddess Bhadrakali throughout the year.
Sreenarayanapuram Mahavishnu Temple is a religious spot in Adoor which has great spiritual significance. This temple is located 5 km from the town of Adoor in a small yet scenic village named Manankala. Sreenarayanapuram Mahavishnu Temple is an ancient shrine, the presiding deity of which is Lord Vishnu.
The temple attracts devotees from all over Kerala during its festival season. The most celebrated festival of the temple is the Dasavatarachartu festival. This festival lasts for 10 days and is held annually. During the festival, a different avatar of Lord Vishnu from Dasavatara is worshipped every day. Sreenarayanapuram Mahavishnu Temple gathers huge attention from devotees for it is one of the few temples in Kerala that observes the Dasavatarachartu festival. The temple enjoys a calm and serene ambience and a visit to this temple can be spiritually rejuvenating.
St. George Orthodox Church, situated in the Chandanapally village, is around 13 km from the town of Adoor. Originally built in the year 1810, this church is regarded as one of the biggest churches in South India. The church takes its name from St George, who is the patron saint of England. Since its original construction, the church underwent multiple renovations.
Indo-Saracenic sculptures are used in the latest renovation. The church is an architectural marvel as it follows Christian, Muslim and Hindu architectural styles. Its towers are built in Gothic style and the roofs follow Persian patterns. The latest structure of St. George Orthodox Church is built replicating the St. Peter's Basilica of Rome. The chief attraction of the church is a stone cross (Kalkurish) on which images of saints and angels are carved. A holy festival named Chembuduppu, celebrated during the month of May, attracts travellers to this spot.
St. Mary's Orthodox Syrian Cathedral, located at a distance of 15 km from Adoor town, is an ancient place of worship. Situated in the village of Thumpamon, the church is more widely known as Thumpamon Valiyapally. It is believed that this church was the worship centre of a group (known as Nazarene Christians) who settled in the region many centuries ago. Though this is the popular belief that there is no written evidence to prove this fact.
According to history, the church was built in 717 AD. A story goes that after returning from Jerusalem, Parumala Kochu Thirumeni gave this church the title of The Little Jerusalem Church. St. Mary's Orthodox Syrian Cathedral is the headquarters of Thumpamon Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. This church is one of the oldest churches in Kerala and has contributed to the history and culture of the region.
Trichende Mangalam Mahadeva Temple is located in a tiny village named Peringanad. The temple is an important attraction in Adoor and is situated at a distance of 5 km from the town. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva.
Thousands of pilgrims and travellers visit this place during the season of festivals. The major festival observed in the Trichende Mangalam Mahadeva Temple is Kettukazhcha. The festival is held annually, and the surroundings of the temple become vibrant with various festivities and prayers.
Kettukazhcha is filled with hues and enthusiasm and presents a pleasant experience to spectators. The festival of Kettukazhcha is followed by a grand procession attended by hundreds of devotees. In the procession, a colossal wooden chariot (thaeru) and bull (Kaala) are carried by local people with great zeal.