The Machattu Thiruvanikavu Temple is located at Vadakkancherry in Thrissur district, Kerala.The Machattu Mamangam in Kerala is an annual extravaganza which is celebrated with full fervor and is attended by thousands from Kerala. The five day long celebration involves massive crowd, exhilarating entertainment and great pageantry. The main ritual of the celebration takes place on the last day with a heavily decorated Kuthirakolams which is the motifs of the horses being taken out for the procession. It is one of the most famous festivals celebrated here and the temple deity is Kavilamma. Machad Mamangham has its written history of more than 800 years. It is one of the oldest religious, social and cultural festival of Kerala. The shine is dedicated to goddess Bhagavathy in three roles viz. Saraswathy. Lakshmi and Durga.The temple celebrates the famous Machattu Mamangham festival with great pomp and splendor for five days from 13th February to 17th February. Punnamparambu, Thekkumkara and Panangattukara-Kallampara Desams take turns among themselves to lead this festival annually.The annual extravaganza attracting thousands from all over the places is staged at the Machattu. The temple, the centre for attraction is the place where the Machattuvela festival is staged and devotees with great passion and devotion participate.

The main highlight of the festival is the Kuthiravela, where richly decorated motifs of horses are brought ceremoniously to the temple by devotees. Other cultural and art formsare also conducted which includes Chendamelam and elephant pageants. As myth will have it the Goddess Bhagavathy leaves the temple to visit the homes of the devotees all around and accepts the offerings in turn showers blessings on them. The procession also accompanies the elephants dressed up in royal fashion along with the Chendamelam, traditional percussion music making the event a real treat to the visitors.

Location info:

Address: Wadakanchery, Thrissur district, Kerala.
District: Thrissur district
Nearest City: Irinjalakuda, Kochi, Kodungallur and Ernakulam.
Best time to visit: Febraury.


Interesting things to do:

Watch the Decorated horses, Diety of Saraswathy. Lakshmi and Durga,Chendamelam and elephant pageants.

Interesting things to Visit:

Peechi Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary:

This is one of the India’s most famous wildlife sanctuaries. It has one of the richest collections of flora and fauna. The Peechi Vazhani sanctuary is located between the dams of two rivers - Peechi and Vazhni of Trichur. These attract a great variety of birds, reptiles and other animal.

Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy:

Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy in Thrissur was established to promote dance, theater and music in Kerala. Thanks to its efforts Thrissur can now boast of a theatre with all modern amenities.

Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy:

Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy was established in 1962 as an attempt to promote the performing and fine arts of the state which had fallen into a decline.

Vadakkumnathan Temple:

The famous Vadakkumnathan temple located in Thrissur, Kerala, South India.A very big temple in 10 acres is said to have been built by Parasurama, Vadukkumnnatha is a prominent Shiva temple, in downtown Thrissur. This is one of Kerala's most ancient shrines, which also houses a museum of ancient wall paintings, wood carvings and art pieces of immense historical value.In a land crowded with several better-than-the-last temples, The Vadakkumnathan temple stands out as one of the oldest temples in the state of Kerala.

Vilangan Kunnu:

This place is in Thrissur is a recreational center and a picnic spot where various amusement devices for children have been constructed.

Shakthan Thampuran Palace:

One of the landmarks of historical Perumpadappu Swaroopam, the Palace of Shakthan Thampuran in Thrissur is a major tourist attraction, especially for the One of the landmarks of historical Perumpadappu Swaroopam, the Palace of Shakthan Thampuran in Thrissur is a major tourist attraction, especially for the tourists having special interest on history.


Guruvayoor is away from Thrissur, this is also one of the most sacred pilgrimage centers in the state. The presiding deity is Lord Krishna. Legend has it that Guru, the preceptor of Gods and Vayu, the God of wind, created the temple.

Kerala Sahitya Academy:

Kerala Sahitya Academy is built in collaboration with the Kendra Sahitya Academy in New Delhi aims at encouraging Malayalam language and promoting its literature especially to the younger generations.

Vazhani dam:

This is one biggest dam made purely of clay. The water of this dam is mainly used for irrigation and drinking. The Vazhani dam is an integral source of water for the people of the Thrissur district. Many renovations are being made to the Vazhani dam, in order to make it a tourist center.

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Police Station:

Wadakanchery police station
Wadackanchery, Thrissur, Kerala
Tel:04884 233100.

Chelakkara Police Station
Pazhayannur Road, Chelakkara

Viyyoor Police Station
Thrissur, Kerala.

Peramangalam Police Station
Thrissur, Kerala.

Nearest Hospital:

Government Hospital
Ottupara, Wadackanchery
Thrissur, Kerala.

Divine Hospital
Wadackanchery, Thrissur

Ganga Medical Center

Chelakkara hospital
Pazhayannur Road

Government Hospital
Pazhayannur Road, Chelakkara

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