Malanada Temple is situated at Pooruvazhi near Adoor in Pathanamthitta District, Kerala, India. Poruvazhi Malanada temple in Adoor is a perfect place for you to watch the traditional folk arts of Kerala. This temple, dedicated to the Kourava King Duryodhana, portrayed as an anti-hero character in Mahabharatha, is perhaps the only such temple in India itself. The main ritual offering of this temple is toddy, an alcoholic beverage extracted from the coconut palm.The Malanada Ketukazhcha is is a unique annual festival that attracts thousands of devotees from all over the places. The celebration time at the Poruvazhi Malanada Temple in Adoor arrives during the month of March with the one day celebration marked by huge celebrations and a gathering which is truly staggering.he festival highlights include various folk art performances, a Kettukazhcha procession and the Kaala vela. The decorated with the effigies of bulls and horses, temple chariot is a beautiful sight.

This event contains a Kala (bull motif), a Kuthira (horse motif) and a decorated temple cart. The biggest among these structures is 70 to 80 ft tall. These motifs are carried on the shoulders or placed on chariots. From the historical evidences, it is said that this event is a reminder of the Buddhist influence the area had. It is a striking example of the traditional celebrations of rural Kerala and attracts numerous people from the vicinity.

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Address: Pooruvazhi, Near Adoor, Pathanamthitta district, Kerala, India
District: Pathanamthitta district
Nearest City: Trivandrum, Vachoochira, Adoor, Ernakulam and Kozhencherry
Best time to visit: January and February.


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Watch the Kala (bull motif), a Kuthira (horse motif) and a decorated temple cart.

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This is a township in Pathanamthitta District. It is one among the fastest growing towns in Kerala, India. It is considered as a holy town. Pandalam is also a well known educational and health care centre in central Travancore.Pandalam hosts a lot of educational institutions ranging from reputed schools to Post Graduate, Training, Ayurveda, Medical and Engineering Colleges.

Pampa Maha Ganapathi Temple:

The Mahaganapathi Temple at Pampa 8 Kms from Sabarimala, has an important roll in the Sabarimala pilgrimage as it is the main halting point. The temple is reached by climbing about 102 steps. Breaking of coconuts is the main offering here. Neelimala, Appachimedu, Sabareepeedam, Saramkuthi are the other holy places enroute.

Pandalam Valiyakoyickal Temple:

Located 15 kms away from Pathanamthitta on the banks of Achankovil river, is the Valiyakoyickal Temple of Sri Dharma Sastha. Believed to be constructed by the Raja of Pandalam, this Ayyappa shrine has been modeled on the Sabarimala temple. Pilgrims usually stop here to worship before proceeding to Sabarimala. One of the major events associated with the 'Makaravilaku' festival is the procession carrying the 'Thiruvabharanam' (sacred ornaments) of Lord Ayyappa from the Valiyakoyical temple to Sabarimala. This is performed three days prior to makaravilakku.

Vinjana Culture Centre :

The dance dramas of the Kerala performed in traditional costumes, are a major attraction here. These dances are integral to visitor experience.

Kathakali Dance Dramas :

It exhibits energy in its five forms - Earth, Fire, Water, Wind and Space or Air.

Thiruvamundur Temple:

This is dedicated to Lord Krishna and attributed to Nakul, one of the five pandava brothers.

Parumala Church:

It is here that Mar Gregories Metropolitan the declared saint of Malankara Orthodox Church take his eternal rest . The ormapperunnal celebrated on the first and second of every November.Partha was one of the five Pandava princes, the heroes of the great Indian epic, Mahabharatha.


Gajamela or the elephant pageant on the concluding day is the highlight of the 10-day annual festival at the Sree Parthasarathy Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Sree Krishna, known here in the name of Parthasarathy (Partha's charioteer; Partha (Arjuna) was one of the five Pandava princes, the heroes of the epic, Mahabharatha). The elephant is the most well loved and the revered animal in South India.

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Changethu Bhaskaran Nair Memorial Hospital
Pathanamthitta, Kerala.

Kerala 689645

Muthoot Medical Centre
Pathanamthitta, Kerala.

Poyyanil Hospital
Pathanamthitta, Kerala.

Government Hospital
Elanthur, Elanthoor
Pathanamthitta, Kerala.

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