Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Kodungallur – Lands of Ancient Pilgrimage Sites and Numerous Tourist Attractions


Famed as a religious town as it houses many ancient temples and mosques, Kodungallur
is a busy city in the district of Thrissur in the Indian state of Gods own Country Kerala. It served as the capital of the Cheraman kings during the 7th century AD and is also famous for establishing a trade link between India Sea trading and for having great trade link with Egypt, Syria, Asia Minor and many other countries in the bygone era.   

Tourist Places:

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple: Placed in the prime spot of Kodungallur town, Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple is one of the major temples of South India devoted to Goddess Bhadrakali. 

The Bharani festival which is celebrated from the Bharani asterism in the month of Aquarius to seven days after the Bharani asterism in the month of Pisces is one of the grandest events of the festival which attracts large number of devotees and visitors all across the state and other places. The most important thing about the festival is the huge congregation of oracles which is not seen anywhere in Kerala.

The festivity also witnesses the offering of worship top the deity in the interior sanctum by those belonging to castes other than the priestly class. Chandanapodi Chartal (coating of the image) with sandal paste is carried out one day before the final day of Bharani festival.  

Cranganore Fort: Located at a distance of 2 km from the main town of Kodungallur, it was constructed by the Portuguese in 1523 A.D. Initially known as Fortaleza de Sao Tome, Cranganore or Kodungallur Fort was possessed by the Dutch in 1661 and later fell in the hands of Tipu Sultan. 

The Dutch try to take it back to their control but eventually it came under Tipu Sultan who demolished it; one can still see the remains of this fort which has a great history behind it.  

Cheraman Jama Masjid: Initially constructed of wood in 629 A.D, it is the first mosque in India where the Juma prayers were commenced. Now, it has concrete minarets and resembles a Hindu temple in appearance. 

The internal of this mosque is wooded and one can see a Kerala oil lamp in the center which has a great importance to people of all religions. Large numbers of people bring oil for the lamp on the auspicious occasion of prime family events.    
   
Apart from these places there are many more temples and tourist [places of interests including Koodalmanikyam Temple, Mar Thoma Shrine, Sringapuram Mahadeva Temple, Paliam Dutch Palace and many more.

Things to do:
The coastline of Kodungallur is decorated with number of sandy and palm fringed beaches. Beach lovers and water enthusiasts can head on to the golden beach side of this place to relish the water sports for relaxation and rejuvenation. Kaddipuram Beach is one of them which draw beach lovers and peace seekers to its vicinity. 

Best time to Visit: October to March is the ideal time for visiting this place as the weather god remains calm and pleasant at this time. You can see this place in a full flow during this time.

How to Reach:

By Air: The nearest airport to this place is Cochin International airport at an expanse of 60 km from Kodungallur. 
By Train: The nearest train station is Irinjalukuda at about 20 km.  


By Road: Kodungallur is connected with all the major cities, and one can reach this place from Thrissur Sakthan Thampuran stand. One can avail a bus or taxi from the railway station or airport to reach this place.  

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