A pilgrim trip in Kerala

This article describes about a pilgrim trip to Kerala. Read to know about how I went about my pilgrim and my experience along the way.

It was my friend's marriage on 20.10.08 at Pathinamthitta, Kerala and I have combined the trip with a short pilgrim trip in Kerala.

On 19.10.08 4.00 am, I reached kerala with my friends at Chenganur (We boarded a Trivandram express from chennai). On reaching there, our friend picked us at station and we traveled to Pathinamthitta, about 20 km from this place. After refreshing, all my other friends had plans to Kumarakom. But, I parted them to have few temple visits.

From Pathinamthitta, I boarded a bus to Chenganur at 7.45 am and reached by 8.30 am. From there, I first visited Thiruvalla, which is about 10 km from Chenganur. The temple is about 2 km from bus stand. After my visit, boarded a bus from Chenganur at 9.45 am to Chenganacherry. From there I boarded a bus to Thirukadithanam, and finished my visit by 10.30 am.

I came back to Chenganur and had my lunch at 1.00 pm. After lunch I found ample time till my next visit (since temples will get opened after 4.00 pm), I planned to visit Thiruvamundur, which is 6 km from Chenganur by foot. It was on the way to Thiruvalla from Chenganur. After 4 km from chenganur, 2 more km in the left direction from a place called puravin koodu. I reached the temple by 3.30 pm and enjoying the natural scenery of Kerala. The temple opened at 5.00 pm and returned to Thiruchengundroor which lies on the way back to Chenganur (2 km). This temple is locally known as "Chittathu ambalam". After finishing visit at about 6.00 pm, hired an auto to Sirupuliyur (Kuttanadu), which is about 4 km from this place. By 7.00 pm, managed to return to Chenganur and got a bus to Aranmula Parthasarathi temple and finished that day's programme by 8.00 pm and returned to Pathinamthitta.

On 20th, I have enjoyed with my other friends and attended my friend's marriage. We reached back to our lodge at Pathinamthitta by 2.00 pm. I parted my friends again and boarded a bus to Ernakulam at 3.00 pm, reached there by 7.30 pm. From there I boarded a bus to Chotanikkara, and reached there by 8.15 pm, by the time, the temples sanctum closed and stayed there in a lodge which is just opposite to the temple.

Early in the morning at 4.30 am, visited the temple and attended special offering session. Then returned to Ernakulam at 6.00 am. Got a bus to Thirukkatkara which is about 30 min journey. From bus stand it is about 4 km to reach the temple and hence no bus facilities are available, hired an auto. (This temple can also be reached from Idapalli, which is in between Ernakulam and Alwaye. After the visit at about 7.30 am, boarded a bus to Idapalli and visited a Krishna temple.

I boarded a bus to Alwaye and reached there by 8.30 am. From there I got a bus to Kurumasery which is about 30 min drive. From Kurumasery it is about 1 km walk to Thirumoozhikkalam temple. Buses going to place called Mala from Alwaye, will pass through this temple. After visiting this temple at about 10.30 am, boarded a bus to Mala, which took a 45 min journey. Then I boarded a bus to Trichur and reached there by 1.00 pm.

After lunch, I boarded a bus to Pattambi. It is about 1 hour journey. I dropped my self at Kootupatha at 3.00 pm. From there it is about 3 km walk to Thiruvithuvakkodu (Thirumittakode) temple. Since there was ample time, I again decided to walk instead of taking a bus or auto. It was an beautiful single road, without much human occupants, with a small hillock backdrop and surrounded by green vegetation and water bodies. The temple opened at 5.00 pm and after the visit, returned back to Kootupatha, with elderly couples who accompanied me. Then boarded a bus to Edapal and reached there by 6.30 pm. From there boarded a bus to Kuttipuram, which is 15 min drive. Again boarded a bus to Thirunavaaya, an 30 min drive. By the time I reached, the temple was closed. I stayed there near the temple complex, a boarding house run by the temple management, which is very cheaper.

Early in the morning, at 5.00 am, after visiting the temple, I boarded a bus to Guruvayoor and reached by 7.00 am and visited the temple. After spending time on some purchases, boarded a bus at 10.00 am to Palakkad, which is a 3 hour drive. From Palakkad, I boarded bus back to Tamilnadu and my trip ended there.

Except Krishna temple - Idappalli,Chottanikkara and Guruvayoor, all other temples are termed under 108 divyadesam.

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