Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple, a popular religious spot around Kumarakom, is located at a distance of about 10 km from Kottayam town. This is one of the oldest temples of Kerala which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The temple has a history that goes back to many centuries, and it attracts millions of devotees every year. The present structure of the temple is believed to have been renovated in 1542. The temple is best known for its mural paintings of which the most renowned one is a fresco named Pradosha Nritham (also known as Dance of Shiva).It is considered as one of the most outstanding wall paintings of the entire country.
The temple complex comprises of the sanctum sanctorum, the main idol, shrines dedicated to Lord Ganapathi and Lord Shasta, a golden flag staff and roofs covered with copper plates.
Arattu festival, celebrated during the months of February-March, is the chief festival of this temple. Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple, one of the wealthiest temples of the state, is frequented by devotees who come here for a special ritual called Thulabharam Seva.