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Kerala tourism Guide





Aranmula is a temple town situated in the banks of holy river Pampa with rich cultural heritage since time immemorial. It has been recognized by the Union Government as an international tourism destination and included in the cultural tourism program of UNDP and Union Ministry of Tourism. The main attraction of Aranmula is the 18th century Sree ParthaSarathy Temple which attracts thousands of pilgrims from across the country and the deity is believed to be build by Arjuna. The Vastuvidya Gurukulam promoting Kerala’s traditional architecture teaches traditional way of constructing buildings is situated here. Another important attraction of this small town is the Aranmula Vallamkali which is a world famous water carnival during the Onam festival which attracts devotees and tourists from Australia, Canada, England, Switzerland and many other European countries. Fifty two snake boats belonging to ancient chieftains and considered as the vehicle of the lord take part in this boat race. Aranmula palace which is 200 years old is another attraction built as per the traditional Kerala Architecture. The entire palace is made of wood as per Kerala architecture and situates on the banks of Pampa River. This is the halting place of Thiruvabharanam Goshyatra on the way to Sabrimala shrine. The most important attract of this place is the Aranmula Kannadi made by traditional craftsmen. The peculiarity of this mirror is that it is made of metal instead of glass which is not found anywhere in the world. This mysterious creation combined with exquisite beauty has been around since the 18th century.

Nearest Places


How to reach

  • flight
    BY AIR
    Aranmula is only 132 Kilometres away from the Cochin International airport(Nedumbasserry) and 138 Kilometres away from Thiruvananthapuram International airport.
  • train
    You can reach by train from any part of India. Nearest railwaystation is Chengannur(10 Kilometers).
  • bus
    Bus service is available from all the places in Kerala and luxury buses are available from most of the South Indian cities.

Tips for the traveller

  • Visit Aranmula during the Onam festival season
  • Drink hygienic water from restaurants only or use mineral water
  • Avoid carrying lots of cash
  • Carry necessary medications if you have health problems.


  • Annual snake boat race
  • Aranmula metal mirror
  • Sree ParthaSarathy Temple
  • Aranmula palace
  • Famous Sabrimala Shrine
  • Pulikkunnumala Mahadeva Temple
  • Maramon Christian Convention

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