Palli Bhagavathy Temple is located at Neelamperoor, Kottayam district, Kerala. One of the most colourful and mythological festival in Kerala, the Neelamperoor Padayani is associated with the annual festival of the Neelamperoor Bhagavathy temple. Padayani, literarily means rows of army. Padayani is a symbolic victory march of goddess Kali after vanquishing Darika.The festival Pooram Padayani of this temple is a rare and unparallelled phenomenon because it represents a synthesis of the Buddhist and Hindu cultures. It is strikingly similar to the Buddhist festival seen by Fahiyan, the Chinese traveler in Padaliputra (Patna in Bihar). It also resembles the ceremonies held in Sreemoolavarom which was once a budhist centre in Kerala. During the pooram festival, decorated motifs of Swans; both large and small, form part of the Kettukazcha the symbolic offering made to the Goddess. These are then carried in a procession, on the main day of the festival in which bigger ones are moved on platforms with wooden wheels and smaller ones carried on the shoulders of devotees. A unique aspect of the motif decoration here at Neelemperoor is the sourcing of different colours.The required colours are taken from the surroundings, in the form of leaves, flower petals, parts of the coconut tree and other local plant varieties.

The festivals of the temple are two in number- the ten day festival in the solar month meenam with its ninth day falling on pooram and the pooram padayani which starts from the day next to Thiruvonam in Chingam (the first solar month of the Keralite calendar) and lasts till Pooram, the birth day of the deity.The procession is conducted at night and in its course towards the temple; it is accompanied by the reverberating beats emanating from several drums (Chenda) along with clanging of Cymbals that fills the air with a captivating rhythm.This is shot of a huge swan made of natural things like lotus levees ,plantain stem hibiscus flower etc, presented before goddess on midnight of the padayani day.

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Address: Neelamperoor, Kottayam district, Kerala, India.
District: Kottayam district
Nearest City: Kottayam, Alappuzha,Thiruvalla,Pathanamthitta and Idukki.
Best time to visit: June to August.


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Most attractive thing is the huge swan made of natural things like lotus levees ,plantain stem hibiscus flower etc.

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St.George Knanaya Valiya Palli:

The Neelamperror St:George Knanaya Valiya Palli was established in 1842. It has the distinction of being the 4th Church under the Malankara Knanaya Diocese. This church was considered to be the most sacred church of the diocese having over seven hundred parishioners.In A.D. 345 Under the permission of the Holy Patriarch of Antioch and the blessings of the Holy Catholicose of Persia.

Kumarakom backwaters:

Kumarakom backwaters is the major backwater stretch is in Kottayam district, where a network of rivers and canals empty into the great expanse of water called the Vembanad Lake. Located at Kumarakom 16 km from Kottayam town, the Vembanad Lake, an enchanting picnic spot and a fast developing backwater tourism destination, provides boating and Fishing.

Vembanad Lake:

Vembanad Lake offers an enchanting experience to the tourists. The lake is the best picnic spot, where you can relax your mind and body. While the water gives the place a cooling effect, trees and shrubs act as a respite to the parched eyes. The lake is an excellent family-picnic destination too. While seniors can laze around the lake reading a book or talking.

The Driftwood Museum:

This museum is well stored with a huge collection of driftwood sculptures collected from the islands of Andaman and Nicobar. The museum is the only one of its kind in the country. The works displayed here shows the artistic excellence and mere hard work of past generations. One can find here a huge collection of root sculptures of various shapes and designs. The most attractive driftwood sculptures here includes a tribal Jarva women, a handicapped family, Monkey, Lion, and Elephant. There are even sculptures depicting the Kargil War, fought between India and Pakisthan. The museum also showcases an amazing collection of flowers and buds.


Located near Vembanad Lake, Pathiramanal is also called 'Sands of Night'. It is a small island that is easily reachable using the water route. The journey to reach the island is an exhilarating one. Both sides of the lake have breath-taking beauty that would remain etched in the mind of the tourists. The island is home to some rare varieties of migratory birds, serving as a bird watcher's paradise.

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls :

The scenic spot is located at a distance of 18 km from Kottayam. Apart from being a famous picnic spot, the place also offers wonderful views of the rubber plantations that surround it.

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Police Station:

Kuthiathode Police Station
NH 47, Kuthiathodu
Alappuzha, Kerala, India.

Kidangoor Police Station
Kidangoor, Kerala, India
Tel: 04822 254195.

Pulincunnoo Police Station
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
Tel: 0477 2222222.

Muhamma Police Station
Alappuzha, Kerala, India.

Nedumudy Police Station
Alappuzha, Kerala, India.

Nearest Hospital:

Kottayam Medical College
Arpookara, Kottayam
Kerala, India
Tel: 0481 2597284.

Bharath Hospital
Azad Lane, Near Thirunakkara Temple
Kottayam, Kerala 686001, India
Tel: 0481 2582947.

Hail Mary Hospital
Near Perumpilly Church
Mulanthuruthy, Ernakulam
Kerala 680314, India
Tel: 0484 2740315.

Kottayam, Kottayam
Kerala State, India
Tel: 0481 2462550.

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