Kottiyoor Shiva Temple, the collective name given to the twin temples of Akkare Kottiyoor and the Ikkare Kottiyoor, is a major attraction and a popular pilgrim centre of northern Kerala.
The temple is located in Kottiyoor, a small village which is popularly known as Varanasi of the South aka Dakshina Kashi. The temples of Akkare Kottiyoor and Ikkare Kottiyoor are located on the eastern and western banks of the river Bavali amidst the scenic stretch of thick forests.
Vaisakha festival is the chief celebration of the temple which is observed during the months of May and June. The festival lasts for 28 days, and millions of devotees make their way to this temple to participate in the rituals and ceremonies.
Ilaneer Veppu (offering of tender coconuts) and Ilaneerattu (consecration of the temple idol with coconut water) are the chief rituals conducted during the festivals. Travellers can access Kottiyoor Shiva Temple by road from Kannur (70 km) as well as Thalassery (60 km).