Chettikulagara Bharanai Temple awesome Goddess Bhagavathi is located Chettikulangara Near Kayamkulam, Alappuzha district, Kerala. Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi temple is now under the control of the Travancore Devaswom Board and is the second highest revenue earner, next to Sabarimala within this board. Though enough historical evidences are not available to support,it is believed that the temple dates back to 1200 years. The important festival here occurs on the Bharani asterism in February/ March. The main rituals of the festival are the 'Kuthiyottam' and 'Kettukazcha'. The 'Kuthiyottam' features a procession of young boys who have observed rigorous ritual penance.Traditional drums, music and glittering ornamental parasols accompany this procession of boys who dance in a trance.The Kettukazhcha procession held in the afternoon is a colourful event. Brightly decorated effigies known as Kettukazhcha, made of wood, cloth and colour paper are brought to the temple in procession from thirteen nearby places. Kuthiyottam ritual is another attraction. The procession of boys and girls dancing in a trance accompanied by the traditional drums, music and glittering ornamental parasols makes the Chettikulangara Bharani an occasion to visit Kerala. Ritual and folk artforms like Padayani, Kolkali and Ammankudam are performed alongside the procession, unfolding an unforgettable spectacle. All night- Kathakali performance marks the conclusion of the cultural fare.Temple orchestra and colorfully decorated parasols are the other attractions here.

Location info:

Address: Chettikulagara, Near Kayamkulam, Alappuzha district, kerala.
District: Alappuzha District.
Nearest City: Pazhaveedu, Kottayam, Allepey and Kalavoor.
Best time to visit: February and March.


Many centuries ago, some local chieftains went to witness the annual festivities at the Koypallikarazhma Bhagavathi temple situated a few kilometers from Chettikulangara. According to a popular legend, a group of village chieftains and their workers went for civil works to construct the Kollam – Chavara Thodu (canal), about 50 kms away from Chettikulangara, in accordance to the decision from the then ruler of the region.

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You can see Very famous Sabarimala temple nearby this temple, and also The main rituals of the festival are the 'Kuthiyottam' and 'Kettukazcha,Traditional drums, music and glittering ornamental parasols. All the night during the festival you can see Kathakali performance.

Interesting things to Visit:

Sreekrishna Temple:

It is about 14km from Alappuzha. The classic architecture of this temple is worth seeing. Besides its architecture, it is well known for its 'Palpayasam' (sweet milk porridge), offered to the deity. The main event of the temple takes place in the months of March/April.


Arthunkal is a famous pilgrim center, known for the St. Andrew's church. The Portuguese missionaries set up this Church 1851 AD. The church is popularly known as St. Sebastian's.

Kayamkulam Thermal Power Plant:

Kayamkulam Thermal Power Plant with a capacity of 350 MW commenced its commercial production in 1999. The plant is situated at Choolatheruvu village in Kayamkulam, which is about 54 km south of Alappuzha on the National Highway 47.

Krishnapuram Palace:

Krishnapuram Palace is located Kayamkulam, 47 km from Alappuzha (Alleppey), Alappuzha district. Built in the 18th century by Marthanda Varma, This two-storied Krishnapuram Palace was once the residence of the Maharajas/rulers of Kayamkulam kingdom. This palace features narrow corridors, saddled roofs and dormer windows. This palace is under the supervision of Archaeology department and is one of the brilliant Kerala highlights.

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Kayamkulam Police Station
SH6, Kayankulam
Alappuzha, Kerala.

Kayamkulam Police Station
SH6, Kayankulam
Alappuzha, Kerala.

Mavelikara Police Station
Mavelikkara, Alappuzha

Police Station
Karunagappally, Kollam

Thrikkunnapuzha Police Station
Thattarambalam Thrikkunnapuzha Road

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Primary Health Centre
Mavelikara Kattanam Rd
Alappuzha, Kerala.

Sovereign GEMS Hospital
Krishnapuram Mavelikkara Road
Mavelikkara, Alappuzha

V Sukumara Pillai Memorial Hospital

St. Thomas Mission Hospital
Kannanakuzhi - Meppallilkutty Rd
Alappuzha, Kerala State.

Govt Hospital Vallikunnam

Alappuzha, Kerala.

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