Kalpathy Heritage Village and Temple Complex
1 Days in Kalpathy
Probably one of the most beautiful and greatest temples in Kerala, Kalpathy Heritage Village and Temple Complex is situated 3 km away from the Palakkad town, on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Commonly known as the Dakshin Kasi or the “Varanasi of the South”, the temple is gradually emerging as the heritage village site by the Government of Kerala and is also proposed as the UNESCO world heritage site. The temple is indeed a sight to behold during the famous Kalpathi Rathotsavam or temple chariot festival. Inside the temple complex, one can see the Viswanathaswamy temple, an architectural wonder dating back to 1425. Also to see here are many sub-temples like Vinayakar, Subramaniar, Kala Bhairavar. Other then the architecture distinction, the place holds a strong connect with the scholars, musicians and scientists. The residents of this village were well-known scholars of Vedas and Shastras and priests well-versed in their profession. On a visit to the temple, don’t forget to get hold of some pickle, murukku, spices and curry powders.