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Chavakkad is a small municipal coastal town found in Kerala state. It is quite famous for beach and fishing. There are also temples, mosques and churches that attract tourists to Chavakkad. Let’s see here about the tourist attractions of Chavakkad.
Chavakkad Beach is one of the exquisite beaches of Kerala which comes with sandy landscape and serene ambience. It is situated 2 Km away from the Chavakkad town and 5 Km away from Guruvayoor on the coast of Arabian Sea. The beach is the ideal choice for nature and fun lovers and also for adventure seekers. This beach attracts tourists from all parts of the country throughout the year. The beach is also the confluence of river with the sea which is called as estuary and in Malayalam it is known as Azhimokam. The other side of the beach is a vast farmland called Ramachapadam where the Ayurvedic herb Ramacham is grown. The beach is not explored by the locals and remains untouched with the natural beauty.
Chettuva lighthouse is located at Thottappu which is 6 Km away from the Chavakkad town and offers magnificent view of Kerala as well as Arabian Sea. There are 140 steps in the lighthouse and from the lighthouse we can also have a glimpse of Western Ghats on a clear day. The tourists are allowed between 3 pm to 5 pm and are charged Rs 5/- per person.
How to Reach Chavakkad Beach
NH 17 passes through Chavakkad town and connects it with Kochi to the south and Mangalore to the north. Chavakkad also has KSRTC buses as well as private bus terminal plying buses; the tourists can also hire an auto-rickshaw. The nearest railway station is the Guruvayoor railway station. For long distance trains, the tourists need to take a train from Thrissur. Cochin International airport which is 80 Kms away is the nearest airport and tourists can also travel from Calicut International Airport which is 104 Kms away.
It is situated between Kadappuram Panchayat and Engandiyur Panchayat of Thrissur district in the state of Kerala. It starts at Enamakkal Lake empties into the Arabian Sea. The place is also blessed with Chinese fishing nets, mangrove islands, migratory birds, fort and an estuary. The calm and serene waters which are studded with mangrove vegetation as well as islets are quite popular for its tranquility. Boating facilities are available here and houseboat cruise is the favourite choice of the tourists. The tourists will be fascinated by the beauty of the place and can also unfold their creativity.
How to reach Chettuva Backwaters
The nearby bus station is the 6th Stone Bus Station where private buses as well as KSRTC buses stop. The nearest railway station is the Guruvayoor Railway Station and the airport is the Cochin International Airport.
Sree Viswanatha Temple Chavakkad
This is one of the famous Hindu temples in Kerala and not much info is known about this temple. However, this place is also the victim of many historical events. This place is also called as the gurupadapuri because of Sree Sivalinga dasa swamy. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of Shiva Linga. It is geographically located at a latitude of 10o35’0” and longitude of 10o35’0”.
The nearest railway station is Guruvayoor Railway Station and from there the tourists can take buses run by KSRTC as well as private and can reach the temple. Chavakkad lies on NH 17 and the town is connected to other parts of the district by road. The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport.
The Nagayakshi temple is situated at Manathala in Chavakkad Municipal town of Thrissur district, Kerala. The presiding deity of this temple is Goddess Nagayakshi. The other deities such as Lord Nagaraja, Goddess Bhagavathy, Kukshi Sastha and Lord Muthappan also found here. Everyday three kala pooja (three times pooja) are conducted – Usha Pooja, Ucha Pooja and Athazha Pooja. The important offerings made to this temple are Naga Kula Pooja and Nanjalpodi Charthal. Sivarathri festival is celebrated with great fervor.
Address: Nagayakshi Temple, Mananthala, Chavakkad, Kerala 680 506
How to reach Nagayakshi Temple
The nearest railway junction is Thrissur railway junction and the railway station is Guruvayoor railway station. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport. The temple is also well connected by road to other parts of the town as well as the district.
Guruvayoor Shri Krishna Temple
This temple is situated 4 Kms away from the Chavakkad and this is a very important shrine in India. It is the fourth biggest temple in India in terms of pilgrims after Badrinath, Tirupati and Puri. The presiding deity of the temple is the four armed Lord Vishnu facing the east. This idol was worshipped by Vasudeva and Devaki parents of Shri Lord Krishna who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and later Shri Krishna himself worshipped this deity.
According to the legend, after Lord Krishna ascended to heaven after his earthly life, Dwaraka, the place where he lived got flooded and Brihaspathi the Guru of Devas and Vayu took the idol and with the help of Lord Shiva they consecrated it on a special place. Since the idol was consecrated by Guru and Vayu, this place got to be called as Guruvayoor and the4 main deity is called as Guruvayoorappan. Though the main idol is that of Lord Vishnu, the devotees consider it as Lord Shri Krishna in infant form. There are many legends which shows the greatness of the temple. The most important festival is celebrated in the month of Kumbham that starts with the hoisting of the flag on Pooyam day and ends with the holy bath on Ahizham day.
Next festival is celebrated during Guruvayoor Ekadasi and Ashtami Rohini in the months of Vrischikam and Chingam respectively. Apart from this Mandalakalam, Kuchela Dinam and Thursdays are also celebrated with great pomp and show. The other deities found here are Lord Ganapathy, Ayyappan and Durga. Udayasthamana pooja and Krishnanattam are the main offerings. Thanthram goes to Puzhakkara Chennas family whereas the high priests are the Namboothiri Brahmins from Sukapuram and Peruvanam villages in ancient Kerala. The temple is also quite famous for the number of elephants and cows and has more than 60 elephants and 500 cows in the temple.
The elephants are accommodated at Punnathoor Kotta which is 3 Km to the north of the temple and the cows are accommodated at Vengad in Malappuram district which is almost 60 Kms away on the northeast of the Guruvayoor temple. The temple is managed by Guruvayoor Devaswom body an autonomous temple body which comes under the Government of Kerala and also governs 12 small temples under it.
How to Reach Guruvayoor
The nearest railway station is Guruvayoor railway station and the railway junction is at Thrissur. Guruvayoor is also well connected by road to other cities and districts. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport.
Manathala Juma Masjid
This is an ancient mosque which is considered sacred by the Muslims. It is situated 500 metres from the Chavakkad Town towards Ponnani. The mausoleum of Hydros Kutty, Lieutenant of Hyder Ali is also located at the courtyard of the Manathala Masjid. Chavakkad is also called as Koottungal.
Address: Manathala Juma Masjid, Manathala, Chavakkad, Thrissur, Kerala
How to Reach Manathala Juma Masjid Chavakkad
Guruvayoor railway station is the nearest, and from the station the pilgrims/tourists can hire auto-rickshaw or take the bus to reach the mosque. Many KSRTC buses also operate in the town. Nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport.
St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church Palayoor
The church is situated at Palayoor which comes under Thrissur district on the western part of Kerala. The church was built by St Thomas in 52 AD. He was one among the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. The church is the oldest one in India and it is also known as Apostolic Church. This church is publicly acknowledged as built by St Thomas who advocated Christianity and converted people into Christianity. This church was one among the seven churches built by him in India. Though the small church that was constructed initially is retained but during the 17th century, considerable improvements were done without disturbing the sanctity of the place. This was carried out by Reverend Fenichi.
The Brahmins who lived in the Palayoor migrated and their old and deserted Hindu temple was built into the church. Thus, the church built was the fusion of Persian plan of church with Hindu-styled architecture. A tower is situated above the central part of the church and forms its roof. The entrance of the church is similar to a Hindu-styled mandapa. New church was built by the Italian missionary with the due permission of the local people in the town who were superstitious about having the old church in its place. After the construction of the church which was also delivered with proper sermon by the priest, the locals agreed for demolition of the wooden structure. Thus, the church got its elegant look. But they retained the altar which was, initially, sanctified by St Thomas. However, the church got destroyed by the fire during the invasion of Tipu Sultan into Kerala in 18th century and then it was rebuilt.
The major festival celebrated by the church with great fervor every year is similar to Hindus festival celebrated at Thrissur and is also celebrated on same days. The great pilgrimage festival is celebrated with the auspices of Archdiocesan during Lenten season and devotees belonging to different caste, creed and religion take part in the festival.
How to reach St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
The nearest railway junction is the Thrissur railway junction. From there pilgrims can take a bus or hire a taxi to reach the Church. Palayoor is also well connected by road to other parts of the district. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport and from there the pilgrims can travel by public/private buses or hire a taxi to reach the Church.