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Introducing Thiruvilwamala

Best time to visit : November-December (Start of winters)
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Located in Thrissur district in Kerala, Thiruvilwamala is a small temple town that is located on the banks of Bharathappuzha River. It is well known for its ancient Sree Rama temple and the nearby Punarjani Caves, which is thought to relieve those people who cross the caves off all their sins. It is known more as a pilgrim centre than a tourist destination. Though you cannot expect much of modern comforts and amenities in this small village, Thiruvilwamala would be a good option for those who wish to have a relaxed holiday, closer to nature.

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Situated 13 km. southeast of Ottappalam, Thiruviwamala is a hilly village noted for its pristine charm and simplicity. Thiruviwamala is home to many famous and ancient temples like the Ivor Madom, dedicated to Lord Krishna and famous for the obsequies ceremonies performed for the departed souls. Thiruvilwamala also holds the credit of being the birth place of many noted Malayalam literary figures like V. K. N, Manasi, and P.A. Divakaran among others.

There are not many restaurants in the village of Thiruvilwamala and it is recommended to eat at hotels in the neat town of Ottapalam. There are a few village tea stalls where homely meals, local breakfast items and snack are served.

Thiruvilwamala is well known for the traditional Kerala handloom clothing with zari made in the nearby village called Kuthampulli. These make excellent gifts and these simple yet elegant attires have evolved among the must have garments in any contemporary wardrobe.

Nearby Places:
Though there are not many options for sight seeing in Thiruvilwamala, the tourists can rest assured of a wonderful experience in the lap of Mother Nature. Some of the must visit places around this pretty village include the following:

Kuthampully: It is the handloom weaver’s village located on the banks of the River Nila from where the handlooms are exported worldwide. These are woven mostly by the members of Devanga community hailing originally from Mysore State, who were brought to Kerala by Cochin Royal Family some 500 years ago for the exclusive palace requirement. In September 2011, the Kuthampully Saree got exclusive Intellectual Property rights through Geographical indication Act.

Lakkidi: A quaint village in Palakkad district, which is famous for being the birth place of Kunchan Nambiar, one of the greatest poets in Malayalam and the exponent of the temple art form of Ottam thullal. The poet's house, which has been preserved as a monument by the State Government attracts lot of tourists from around the world.

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