Call us on: +91 9496 33 99 33

Kerala tourism Guide

Thrikkakara Temple

Thrikkakara Temple

This ancient Thrikkakara Temple is situated in village called Trikakkara in Kochi and well connected by road from all the cities and towns nearby. Temple is 10 km north east of Ernakulum city centre between Thrissur and Ernakulum highway. The nearest railway station is Ernakulum south and Ernakulum north and the nearest Airport is Nedumbassery International Airport in Cochin.

About Thrikkakara Temple

Thrikkakara Temple is situated in a village called Thrikakkara or place of the holy foot just two km east of edapally near Kochi in Kerala state. The legend of this temple closely related to the story of Mahabali who was a popular asura king. The devas got worried about his popularity and on their request Lord Vishnu took the avatar of Vamana and asked Mahabali for three paces of land. Mahabali being a generous king granted the wish and Vamana with one step covered the heavens and the next step he covered the earth and for the third step Vamana bowed his head in front of Vamana. When he was pushed down to Suthala Mahabali requested Vamana to grant him a wish to visit his subjects on Thiruvonam day every year. This is how onam festival started. Onam festival is the main festival in this temple which lasts for ten days. During this festival a grant onamsadya is given and people from all walks of life irrespective of the caste and relion attend this feast.

History or Myth

Thrikkakara Temple is dedicated to Lord Vamana who was the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This is one of the few temples of its kind in India and closely linked to the history of Kerala and King Mahabali ancient ruler of Kerala. It is believed that onam festival of Kerala has a big significance in the history of this temple and this is where the onam festival started. Lord Vamana is also known as Trivikrama and the temple is built in one of the 108 divya deshams.

Tips or precaution

  • Take directions from a temple staff before entering the sanctum of the temple.
  • If you are new to Ernakulum ensure that you take directions from a police aid post or tourism centre to reach the temple.

How to reach

  • flight
    BY AIR
    Thrikkakkara Siva Temple is only 23 Kilometres away from the Cochin International airport(Nedumbasserry).
  • train
    You can reach by train from any part of India. Nearest railwaystation is Ernakulam Junction Railway Station(12 Kilometers).
  • bus
    Situated near the National Highway between Ernakulum and Thrissur this temple is well connected by road from all cities in the state.

Highlights or specialities

  • Famous 10 day Onam festival
  • Onam sadya
  • Chakyar Koothu
  • Ottamthullal
  • Kathakali and Patakam
  • Panchavadyam and Thayambaka


Sign up for exclusive deals