Kallil Devi Temple is located 22 km away from Kalady. It is a Jain temple built in the 9th century. Kallil means stone in Malayalam. The temple is located on a 28 acre plot and is cut out from a huge rock. One has to climb 120 steps cut out in the rocks to reach the temple. The temple is owned by Kallil Pisharody family, Pisharody being a Brahmin caste which has its beliefs in Jainism.
The main deity of worship is Durga Devi. The other deities of worship are Parshvanath, Mahavira and Padmavati Devi, also known as Bhagwathi Devi. The image of Brahma is carved on the rock. In this temple the puja is never performed in the night and is usually performed during the day before noon.
The temple closes after the puja is performed. The annual festival of the temple is celebrated for eight days during the month of November and December. A grand procession is carried out by carrying the idol of the deity on female elephants.
The Adi Shankara Keerthisthambam Mandapam was built by the Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt. It is an eight-storey structure which leads to the Paduka Mandapam. There are two silver knobs that represent the padukka of the teacher. A padukka means wooden sandals of a teacher or a Guru.
The memorial hall showcases various paintings which depict the life history of Adi Shankracharya. These paintings are worth seeing. The Mandapam has several statues of Ganapati and Adi Shankracharya. The Shrine is open to people of all religions. A stupa of Adi Shankra has eight sides. When you are at Kalady, come here and pay your homage to the great Guru.
The Ramakrishna Ashram is a branch of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math. It is located in the birthplace of Adi Shankara. It has a huge spacious hall used for prayers and a shrine modelled on the Sri Ramakrishna temple at Belur.
The ashram runs a school and a charitable trust and a library. The school is known as Brahmanandoyam.
The Ramakrishna Ashram is situated in the lap of nature. You can come here to pray and seek solace. You can go for a walk in the nearby places. Come here to wind off, you will forget all your worries in the midst of this Ashram, when you are at Kalady.
This Sringeri Mutt Complex is located on the northern bank of the Periyar river. This complex is basically an ashram dedicated to the Adi Shankracharya. It has several shrines and a temple dedicated to the Adishankara’s mother. The mutt is famous for conducting debates and Vedic courses in which various religious scholars participate.
The prominent temples located inside the ashrams are dedicated to Lord Shankracharya, Goddess Saradamaba and Lord Ganesha. The Navratri Festival is celebrated here with great fervour. Visit this place while you are spending your vacation at Kalady.
The ancient temple is surrounded by water from all sides and the water has never dried up. Within the temple, the Jaladurga Festival is held which is celebrated for sixteen days. Thousands of devotees visit the shrine to witness the celebration which begins from the first day of Phalguna month.
The Thiruvanikulam Mahadeva Temple is located south of Aluva, near Kalady in the Ernakulam district. The main deity worshipped here is that of Lord Shiva and a separate temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva’s wife. The temple has small shrines for Lord Ganesha, Lord Ayappa and Lord Vishnu.
The Sanctum Sanctorum opens only for twelve days in a year; it is known as Parvati Srikoli. A lot of devotees visit this temple during the Thiruvathira festival and during this time the sanctorum is opened for worship and for offering prayers. These twelve days are considered to be very auspicious by devotees.
The Vamanamoorthy Temple is one of the rare temples which is dedicated to Lord Vamana, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple is styled in ancient Kerala architecture style and is situated in Thrikkakara.
Inscriptions on this temple date back to the 10th and 13th century. The best time to visit this temple is during the Onam celebration as Lord Vamana is related to the legend behind Onam. The other dieties worshipped in the temple are Lord Ganesha and Goddess Annapoorneswari.