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Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple

Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple

Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is situated in a coastal town, near National Highway 47 about 1.5 kilometers east of Ambalappuzha town junction. It is at a distance of 14 kilometers from Alappuzha town. The nearest railway station is Alappuzha station and Nedumbassery International Airport in Cochin is the nearest Airport 64 km away.

About Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple

Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is built as per the traditional Kerala architectural design. The inner walls of the chuttambalam are adorned with the paintings of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Ottanthullal the famous folk art was first performed here by Kunchan Nambiar. Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is known for the Palpayasam made with rice and milk is famous among the devotees. Chambakulam Moolam water festival is celebrated to commemorate the bringing of Lord Krishna’s idol every year. The Aaraattu festival is also celebrated during Thiruvonam day of the same month. Pallipana a rare ritual is conducted by Velans or sorcerers every 12 years. The story behind this is that Lord Siva and Goddess parvathy took a form as Kuravan and Kurathy and tried to wake up Lord Mahavishnu when he was sleeping. Two poojas oothu and moorothu are conducted during pallipana festival. Oothu is conducted by the Velan during the day and moorothu is conducted by velathy during the night.

History or Myth

History states that Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple was built by a local ruler Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal-Devanarayanan Thampuran somewhere between the 15th and 17th century. This temple has close links with Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple and it is believed that Guruvayoorappn comes here every day at the time of Palpayasa Nivedyam to have it. When Tipu Sultan attacked Kerala in 1789 the deity Lord Krishna of Guruvayoor temple was brought to Ambalappuzha Temple for safe keeping. The presiding deity here is Lord Krishna as a charioteer holding a whip in one hand and a Shanku in the other.

Tips or precaution

  • You have to take of the shirt when you enter the sanctum of the temple.
  • If you are new to the city ensure that you take directions from a police aid post or tourism centre.

How to reach

  • flight
    BY AIR
    Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple is only 98 Kilometres away from the Cochin International airport(Nedumbasserry).
  • train
    You can reach by train from any part of India. Nearest railwaystation is Alappuzha Railway Station(14 Kilometers).
  • bus
    Bus service is available from all the places in Kerala and luxury buses are available from most of the South Indian cities.

Highlights or specialities

  • Mizhavu a big copper drum used by Kunjan Nambiar
  • Ambalapuzha Arattu
  • Ambalapuzha Moolakazhcha
  • Champakulam Boat Race
  • Ottamthullal, Chakiyarkuthu, Krishnanattam and Velakali


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