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Payyanur Sree Subramanya Swami Temple

Payyanur Sree Subramanya Swami Temple temple is one of the three most important Maha Subrahmanya temples in South India.It is a PALANI of kerala. Commonly known as Payyannur Perumal . Payyan is an appellation of Lord Subrahmanya and Ooru meaning the place. Thus Payyanur meaning the land of Lord Subrahmanya. Its believed that the temple is built by Lord Parasurama. Later it was destroyed two times one because of fire and other because of the attack of Tippu Sulthan. Then it was re constructed in 1792AD. The two storied sreekovil (sanctum sanctorum) is in the shape of Gajaprishta(back of an elephant). This temple is known as the Palani of Kerala, 6 ft tall idol of the main deity Lord Subrahmanya There are five poojas and three Sivelis on each day. There are many unique features about this temple in the rituals performed, the architecture etc. First of all the 12ft tall compound wall constructed in a unique style is very rare kind in the temple architecture of Kara. The total area of this temple compound is above 3 acres. Apart from the main deity, Subrahmanya, there are other deities also being worshipped here. They are Lord Ganapathi, Bhootathar, Kanya Bhagavathi, Sasthavu and Parasurama. Kshetrapalan and Vairajathan are also being worshipped.According to the Payyanur pattola, the earlier structures were as follows: Dwi thala sreekovil (for Lord Subramanya covered with copper roofing and 2 golden stupas and a golden sree mukham). A copper roofed mandapam with a copper thaazhikakkutam.      Book Now



Cheruthazham Sree Raghavan Temple

Sree Raghavapuram Temple widely known as Hanumarambalam is situated at Cheruthazham, a near by village of Payyanur Kerala. One of the most ancient and famous Vaishnava temples of northern Kerala. It is believed that the temple was being constructed in the 8th Century A.D. by the ruler Udaya Varman Kolathiri. He brought 237 scholarly Brahmin families from Gokarnakshethra present Tulu speaking area under Karnataka. These scholars were settled in five villages including Cheruthazham, Kunnaru, Arathilpuracheeri, Kullapuram etc. During the attack of Tipu Sulatan, many of the brahmin families migrated to south Kerala and settled around Tiruvalla. The village Cheruthazham includes places namely Sri Raghavapuram, Sri Krishnapuram, Udayapuram. . It is believed that during the Rama Ravana yudham at Lanka, when Shree Hanuman carried the Aushdha Shailam(Mountain with Mridhasanjeevani) to Lanka for giving life to Lakshmana, a piece of the mountain broke and fell down from His hands at this place (where the temple is located) and thus the Ezhimala was formed. From that time itself the presence or the Chaitanya of Shree Hanuman and Shree Ramaswami was felt and experienced here. Lord Sri Rama, Lord Anjaneya, Lord Parameswara and Sri Durga Devi are the main deities worshipped in this temple. Sree Raghavapuram Temple has many special features. Lord Sri Rama with Sita Devi and Lakshmana on the same pedestal can be seen only in this temple. Shree Hanumans temple is located inside the Naalambalam at the Vaayu mula(Northwest corner) of the main Shree Koil of the temple. Lord Shiva just outside theNalambalam. Lord is facing the west, and Shanta Shiva Prathshta is the importance of the idol. On to the western side of the Lord Siva temple there is a Shree Koil for Shree Durga Devi.      Book Now



Ezhimala-Hills

Ezhimala hill station, located just 7 km away from Payyannur and 55 km. away from Kannur, is one of the top hill stations in Kannur district. The term Ezhimala is formed from two Malayalam words ezhu and mala which mean seven and mountains respectively. Thus, the term ezhumala denotes and stands for the seven peaks. Ezhimala hill station is about 286 m. above sea level. Ezhimala is, being the former capital of the ancient Mushika dynasty, a place of historical importance. Additionally the site was a major port around which trade got flourished in the Common Era. Many wars between Chola and Chera dynasties were fought at this location in the 11th century. Besides being a top tourist destination and a historical place, Ezhimala is a pilgrim center too. Lord Buddha is believed (by some) to have visited the site. However its religious color is mainly with Ezhimala hills relation with the Ramayana and very much to the story of Sri Hanuman uprooting the Himalaya mountain in search of Mritha Sanjivani and other medicines in order to bring back those dead including Lakshman, back to life. The seven peaks at Ezhimala hill station is believed to be fallen off from the mountain while Lord Hanuman was carrying it over Ezhimala. Thus the people believe that these peaks to have those precious ayurvedic herbs. As you go up the hill station through the zig zagged road you can still see many kinds of ayurvedic herbs standing on the both sides of the road. You will see ruins of a Muslim mosque. It is believed to be the house of Shaikh Abdul Latheef, a Muslim reformist. The hill that protrudes into the Arabian sea, green valleys abutting with the beach, winding roads, etc. will capture your mind for a long time. You will really enjoy your visit to this hill station and Ezhimala beach. So you can return from Ezhimala with lots of ever memorable scenes in mind.      Book Now



Kavvayi Island

Valiyaparamba Backwaters are the northern part of the Kavvayi Backwaters which flows through Kasaragod district. Valiyaparamba Backwaters are the largest backwaters in North Kerala and the third largest backwaters in Kerala. Though not as popular the Alappuzha Backwaters Boat rides starting from Kotti Kottapuram let the visitor see the important spots along backwaters and experience the local flora and fauna which is of significance. Valiyaparamba Island. With an area of 16 km2 and a population of 10000 Valiyaparamba Island is the biggest island in Kavvayi Backwaters. The islands main source of income are agriculture and fishing, but of late the island has become a popular tourist destination. It is also famous for its handloom and coir industries. On the western side of the island runs the Valiparamba beach. Valiparamba beach is perhaps Keralas best kept secret. Serene and secluded Valiparamba beach is a dream come true for anyone who wants to spend a quiet day at beach without being disturbed by loud and noisy crowds. The island is close to some of the major tourist places in Kasargod such as the Bekal Fort which is just an hours drive away from here. Bekal Fort offers beautiful view of the surrounding areas. The Malabar mangrove trail is just 20 km away from Valiyaparamba Backwaters, the trail offers hiking, boating and birdwatching.      Book Now



Parvati Temple

Parvati is one of the favourite relaxation spots for the residents of Pune. The height of Parvati hill is 2100 feet above sea level and 260 feet from the city level. The hill offers an aerial view of the city and the most picturesque scene in the early hours of the day. Parvati hill houses one big and three small temples. Parvati is the daily visiting place for a number of citizens and for many people, going to Parvati (103 steps) forms a part of their daily exercise regimen. Being the highest point in Pune and having conveniently located observation points, the beautiful panaromic view of Pune city leaves visitors spellbound. Beautiful sunrise and sunset views are like the icing on the cake. The Parvati gates open at 5.00 am and close at 8.00 pm. One has to climb 103 steps to reach the hilltop. The steps are an example of fine stone work of the Maratha period. A special black quarry stone has been used for all these steps. It is weather resistant and except for a few places, the stone has survived for over two hundred and fifty years even after being fully exposed to sun, wind and water. The steps are so wide that an elephant can easily walk with all pomp and gaiety towards the temple. They are not too steep and even old people can climb with ease. It is an enjoyable sight to see children running up and down the hill.The main temple, as it stands today, was built by the third Peshwa, Shrimant Nana Saheb in the year 1749 A.D. The history of the temple is linked with a miracle. It is believed that Kashibai, the mother of the third Peshwa was suffering from a severe ailment in her right foot. One of her advisors informed her about a temple of Goddess to the South of Pune which was famous for its miraculous healing power. Kashibai went to the temple which was located on top of this hill and prayed for her recovery. She vowed that if she was cured of her ailment, she would build a temple there. She soon recovered and her son built a temple on the hill. This was the famous Parvati temple. Another belief is associated with the temple of Parvati. Chhatrapati Shri Shahu Maharaj, the ruling king of the Maratha Empire and the grandson of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, was pious, kind and a man of high moral character      Book Now


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