Top 10 Brazil’s Carnivals

The Brazilians’ favourite carnival is in Salvador, Bahia where you can still dance the night away for free. There are two huge parade routes in the city and each run for six days and six nights (that’s two more than in Rio) with amazing trio electricos – enormous mobile stages that get pulled through the crowds by huge trucks.

Brazil's Carnivals

Brazil’s Carnivals

Rio de Janeiro

One of the world’s largest parties, hottest Brazilian Carnival – in all its colourful, hedonistic bacchanalia – is virtually synonymous with Rio. Held over five days of revelry during Easter, from the Friday to the Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday, residents of Rio begin the partying months in advance. Parades featuring elaborate floats flanked by thousands of pounding drummers and twirling dancers, is the culmination of the festivities – though the real action, Cariocas profess, is at the wild parties about town.

Visitors are welcome to join the mayhem. There are free live concerts happening all over the city, while those seeking a bit of decadence can head to the various balls about town. Whatever you do, prepare yourself for sleepless nights, an ample dose of caipirinhas (the unofficial Brazilian national drink: cachaça with crushed lime, sugar and ice), samba and joyful crowds.

Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro

The best way to see in the New Year is to join the Reveillion party on Rio’s mighty Copacabana beach, where the spiritual and the secular come together for one amazing night. Two million people pack the sands to welcome in the New Year. From about 8pm, top bands perform on stages strung out along the 4km-long beach, pumping out a variety of Brazilian and international music. At midnight, a spectacular fireworks display lights up the night sky while the hardiest of revellers keep things going til sunrise.

Salvador

Carnaval in Salvador happens on the streets in late February to early March, where music and spontaneity rule and trios elétricos (electrically amplified bands playing atop speaker-laden trucks) work two million revellers into a frenzy. For an entire week they dance, drink and kiss until they drop, get up the next day and start again. Each year the city designates a theme for Carnaval, and decorates the city accordingly.

São Luís, Maranhão

Bumba Meu Boi is a wild, folkloric festival is derived from African, Indian and Portuguese influences that mingled in colonial times. The event, held from late July until mid-August, revolves around the story of the ox’s death and resurrection. Accompanied by much heckling, a stream of street performers, many dressed as oxen or mythological creatures, tell the tale through song, dance, theatre and capoeira (Afro-Brazillian art form).

Olinda

Everyone dons a costume for the 11 days and nights of Olinda’s Carnaval, held over Easter. Balls, nights of samba, Afro-Brazillian rhythms and plenty of street-style merriment characterize the festas (party). Everything else happens in impromptu fashion on the streets. The official opening commences with a parade of 400 ‘virgins’ (men in drag) and awards for the most beautiful, most risqué and the biggest prude.

Porto Seguro

Porto Seguro throws an impressive Carnaval and hedonistic bash, complete with plenty of dancing in the streets, round-the-clock music jams and no-holds-barred partying. It’s a little less wild than some of Brazil’s famous, but it lasts until the Saturday after Ash Wednesday. For cultural buffs, the Festa de São Benedito is celebrated in the Cidade Histórica. Children blacken their faces and perform African dances from December 25 to 27.

Paraty

Paraty loves to put on a good festival, starting with has its own odd version of Easter Carnaval. Hundreds of young revelers dance through the cobblestone streets and during Holy Week beautiful torchlit processions take place. For Corpus Christi in June, streets are covered in coloured sawdust, leaves, flowers, coffee grounds and chalk. New festivals keep springing up each year; recent additions include festivals of photography, gastronomy and seafood.

Natal

Carnatal takes to the streets with Salvador-style trios elétricos and blocos sporting names like Jerimum (Pumpkin) and Burro Elétrico (Electric Donkey). It’s the wildest out-of-season Carnaval in the country – held in the early weeks of December, it is a great substitute for anyone who can’t make it to the real deal.

 

 

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Bali: Hindus Tourist Attractions

Bali has been called a paradise on earth, and you would be hard pressed to find another spot on earth that so richly deserves the title. The island of Bali, described by many as born of fire and water, is blessed with a spectacular landscape of volcanoes, intricate rice terraces, rainforest and beaches. It has a deeply spiritual culture and many colorful traditions woven into the fabric of island life, strongly influenced by the unique form of Hinduism which is the island’s main religion.

Hindus Tourist Attractions

Hindus Tourist Attractions

Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest religions, and has over 900 million followers worldwide. Though most of the Hindus live in India there are substantial numbers present in Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia.Temple construction in India started nearly 2000 years ago and marked the transition of Hinduism from the Vedic religion. The architecture of Hindu temples has evolved ever since resulting in a great variety of styles. They are usually dedicated to one primary Hindu deity and feature a murti (sacred image) of the deity. Although it is not mandatory for a Hindu to visit a Hindu temple regularly, they play a vital role in Hindu society and culture.

Tanah Lot

Situated on a large rock, Tanah Lot is one of the most famous Hindu temples in Bali, and probably the most photographed. The Tanah Lot temple has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. The temple is one of 7 sea temples, each within eyesight of the next, to form a chain along the south-western coast of Bali.

Besakih Temple (Mother Temple)

Besakih is the biggest and holiest of all the Balinese temples, and is over a thousand years old. Known as the “Mother Temple of Bali” and perched on the slopes of Mount Agung, at a lofty 3,000 feet, Besakih is named after the Dragon God believed to inhabit the mountain. It’s said to be the only temple in Bali where Hindus of any caste can worship.

Eighteen separate sanctuaries belonging to different regencies and caste groups surround the three main temples dedicated to Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. To the Balinese, visiting the temple sanctuaries is a special pilgrimage. The mountain top setting gives it an almost mystical quality. If possible, try to reach Pura Besakih before 9am, when many tourist buses start to arrive, so that you can take in the lovely temple in the quiet Balinese morning.

Ubud

ubud, baliIt is located in the southern hills of Bali. It is most talked for the Spots. It is famous for the arts scene as well as being recognized as a centre for relaxation. It has a lot of guest houses, hotels and spa resorts. Kecak a dance show and the traditional dance can see here. World-class restaurants are there to enjoy the variety of food items.

Monkey Forest Sanctuary

It is located in Ubud, Bali. There are four groups of monkeys each occupying different parts in the park. It is the famous tourist park in Ubud and is often visited by 10,000 tourists a month. 115 different varieties of species trees are there in the forest. Monkey Forest contains the temples named as Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, Holy spring and one more temple for cremation ceremonies.

Tirta Gangga, Bali

This is the one of the beautiful water place located in the Tirta Gaga village in Eastern Bali. It covers all over 1.2 hectares. These are in the style of unique mix of Balinese and Chinese architecture. The 500 year old banyan tree is present in the location. Lot of pools, rich sculptures, fountains stood more attention. The water of Tirta gangga is treated as the holy and regularly used for religious temple ceremonies.

Mount Agung

It is a mountain in Bali which has the highest point on the island. The Balinese believe that this mountain is the replica of mount meru. At 3142 meters above the sea level this volcano is the Bali’s highest and sacred mountain.

Uluwatu

It is officially known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu. It is the most spectacular temple on the island of Bali. It is a cliff-top temple and beach side caves. Protect your belongings when there are monkeys around as they sometimes lead to theft.

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace

It is the famous tourist destination in Bali. It is surrounded by a rice terrace unfolding from the foot of mountain until the coastal side. The name describes as JATI means really and LUWIH means especial, beautiful. The paddy plants in this place look typical of high relative in size compared with normal paddy plants. Very cool atmosphere because it is located in the height of 700 meters above sea level. Lot of tourist from local and foreign countries visits this place mostly those who want to enjoy the climate and with beautiful panorama rice terrace.

National Monuments Near Flagstaff, Arizona

The city of Flagstaff is an ideal launching pad for exploring the assortment of national monuments in northern Arizona that protect natural and man-made wonders. Among the latter are villages known as pueblos and cliff dwellings that attest to the ingenuity of the ancient people that inhabited the region many centuries ago.

National Monuments Near Flagstaff

National Monuments Near Flagstaff

Walnut Canyon National Monument

At Walnut Canyon National Monument (nps.gov/waca), located 10 miles east of downtown Flagstaff, you can hike the Island Trail, which leads to the canyon floor. Though a round trip is less than a mile, this strenuous trail undergoes an elevation change of 185 feet. Along the way, visitors can see 25 cliff dwellings built deep into the canyon walls where a community of 100 or more inhabitants lived off the natural riches of the canyon approximately 800 to 900 years ago. The shorter and easier Rim Trail encompasses two canyon overlooks and traverses a ponderosa forest.

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument (nps.gov/sucr), located 12 miles north of Flagstaff, surrounds a relatively young cinder cone that is between 900 and 1,000 years old. Hiking on the namesake volcano is not permitted, but the easy Lava Flow Trail runs along its base. If you are willing and able to undertake a steep hike, you can ascend another cinder cone, the Lenox Crater.

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Situated within the Navajo Nation, Canyon de Chelly National Monument (nps.gov/cach) in nearby Chinle encompasses its namesake canyon, as well as the Canyon of the Dead. Built into the canyon walls are the ruins of ancient pueblos. The North and South Rim Drives offer a total of 10 overlooks, while the only self-guided hike leads to the White House ruins. Any other travel, afoot or vehicular, requires the supervision of a park ranger or authorized guide.

Wupatki National Monument

It takes about two hours, according to the National Park Service, to visit the five prehistoric pueblos that make up Wupataki National Monument (nps.gov/wupa), located 33 miles north of Flagstaff. Short, easy and moderate trails lead to the dwellings. The namesake pueblo, the largest, reached its pinnacle 800 years ago. It features 100 rooms, a community room and a ball court.

Navajo National Monument

Preserved within the Navajo National Monument (nps.gov/nava), less than 10 miles north of Flagstaff, are three pueblo cliff dwellings. You can view the Betatakin and Talastima abodes from the outlook on the Sandal Trail. The ranger-led, 2.5-mile hike to the Betatakin ruins is strenuous, as the elevation lost and regained is about 700 feet. A reservation and backcountry permit are required for the even more strenuous trail that leads to the Keet Seel ruins, a journey that requires a descent of nearly 1000 feet. The on-site Sunset View Campground is free and open year-round.

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Though visitors to Montezuma Castle National Monument (nps.gov/moca) can no longer enter the five-story Sinagua Indian cliff dwelling the site protects, the 20-room abode is visible from a .3-mile loop trail. Located an hour south of Flagstaff, the visitor center’s museum displays indigenous artifacts. The monument also encompasses the naturally occurring, millennia-old Montezuma Well that resulted from the collapse of a limestone cavern.

Tuzigoot National Monument

The main attraction at Tuzigoot National Monument (nps.gov/tuzi), 75 miles south of Flagstaff, is a 110-room pueblo constructed by the Sinagua people. A loop trail takes visitors around the ruins of the village, the oldest buildings of which date to A.D. 1000. The .3-mile trail also affords views of the Verde River and Tavasci Marsh.

 

Indian Culture: Importance of Mehndi

Mehndi holds a lot of cultural significance in Indian traditions. Be it weddings, Karva Chauth or other occasions, mehndi plays an important role in all the ceremonies and festivals of India. In today’s era of modernization, the new styles and designs of mehndi are coming up, adding glamour and fun to it.

Importance of Mehndi in Indian Culture

Importance of Mehndi in Indian Culture

Mehndi Ceremony is among the pre wedding rituals in Indian weddings performed a day prior to the marriage. Just as Haldi ceremony symbolizes cleanliness, mehndi signifies beautification. Mehndi-Ki-Raat is usually a private affair with close relatives, friends and family members, celebrated amidst lot of dancing and feasting. This ritual is often combined with Sangeet ceremony and so is primarily a women’s function. The atmosphere is imbued with dholak beats and singing of traditional songs while mehndi is applied on bride’s hands and legs by mehndi experts. The bride’s mehndi interweaves the name of her would be husband and he is expected to find his name in the pattern. The female relatives of the family also apply mehndi on their palms to take part in the celebrations. This ceremony is performed by families of both the Indian bride and the Indian groom.

Even the color of mehndi is given high importance in Indian culture as the darkness of the color signifies the degree of husband’s and mother-in-law’s love. It depicts love and affection between the couple as it is believed that the longer it retains, the more auspicious it is. The bride is traditionally not allowed to work in her husband’s home until her mehndi’s color fades away completely.

Mehndi is applied on all the important occasions, festivals and vrats(fasts) in Hindu culture. It is important in festivals such as Karwa Chauth, Rakhi, Diwali etc. It is also considered as a shagun mostly denoted by the pattern of large dot in the centre of the hand with four smaller dots at the sides.

In order to make this conventional trend of henna application more exciting, fashionable and fun filled, there is a vast variety of mehndi designs available today. Arabic Mehndi, Rajasthani Mehndi, Crystal Mehndi, Tattoo Mehndi, etc along with the traditional Indian Mehndi are among the most popular styles of mehndi currently. Mehndi designs majorly consist of floral patterns, religious symbols, etc. while adding beauty and uniqueness to each design applied.

Henna or Mehndi is also known worldwide for its medicinal properties. It was, in fact, used as a cosmetic in earlier times due to its therapeutic features. Mehndi is widely adopted around the world as a conditioner and dye for hair by both men and women. It is a natural dye that renders a beautiful color on hair and creates a lustrous look. Also, mehndi is popular for its cooling effects, thus, used in hot climates in India and other countries. It can also help in lowering body temperature and soothe headaches, fevers, burning feet and even hysteria or a violent temper. It can increase the luster of nails, is effective in muscular rigidity and even in Jaundice.

Henna is in vogue these days with much experimentation happening on ways of its application. It is now prominently used, especially in the West, to make tattoos on different parts of the body. Tattoos are made on arms, wrists, around the navel, the shoulder or the back. Henna is now being used for body art as well.

Hindus Temples in Cambodia

Angkor is a region in Cambodia that served as the seat of the Khmer Empire, the largest empire of Southeast Asia that flourished between the 9th and 15th centuries. This ancient and revered Cambodian province is home to astonishing and enduring architectural evidence of the Khmer Empire’s Hindu and Mahayana Buddhist beliefs; the temples of Angkor are awe-inspiring reminders of what was the largest preindustrial urban center in the world, larger than modern day New York. Angkor Wat of Cambodia is the largest Hindu temple of the world.

Hindus Temples in Cambodia

Hindus Temples in Cambodia

Angkor Wat

While there are over 100 stone temples scattered throughout the Angkor region, the 5 listed here are the definite must-sees. Unquestionably topping this list is the temple at Angkor Wat, built by Suryavaram II to honor the Hindu god Vishnu. The enormous temple consists of 5 concentric rectangular walls and moats, symbolizing a cosmic chain of mountains and ocean. Angkor Wat is the best-preserved temple in Angkor; it appears on the country’s national flag and is the prime attraction for tourists.The construction of Angkor Wat lasted at least 37 years. The main tower of the central temple represents the mountain Meru, the center of the Hindu and Buddhist universe. When touring Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples and religious monuments, it’s also possible to visit nearby Siem Reap, a small colonial town just north of Southeast Asia’s largest lake, Tonle Sap. If you’d like to stay a day or 2 to bask in the Angkor’s spiritual sanctity, Siem Reap has many hotels offering reasonable prices.

Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei, or the Temple of Women, has been called a jewel of Khmer art. Its great reliefs depict many mythological Hindu events including the duel between the monkey princes, Bali and Sugreeva; Narasimha’s slaying of the demon Hiranyakasipu; and the burning of Khandava Forest.Banteay Srei is unique among Angkor’s noble temples because it was built by a wealthy courtier and scholar who served as an advisor to the Cambodian king, and not the monarch himself. Banteay Srei was dedicated to the Hindu god, Siva in 967; the temple is therefore considerably older than the other Angkor sites.The grounds, buildings and layout at Banteay Srei are small, contrasting with the monumental scale of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. While the buildings may be compact, they don’t feel crowded, and the structural layout enhances the narrative relief carvings covering Banteay Srei’s red sandstone walls and passageways.

Preah Khan

Preah Khan is another of King Jayavarman’s creations and an inscription on the temple suggests he built it on the site where he defeated invaders from Champa, a region that is now Southern Vietnam. The successive rectangular galleries surrounding the Buddhist sanctuary have largely been left untouched.This large complex not only functioned as a monastic house of worship, it was also a university including elements of Buddhist, Vaishnava and Shaiva worship. When visiting this hallowed ground, make sure to explore the Prasat Preah Stung, a central tower with 4 ornate Bayon-like carvings. Once inside, meander through the galleries and 2 libraries.This is another Angkor site you can explore while staying in Siem Reap. The Preah Khan hotel takes its name from the site and offers guests modern luxuries near this enduring cultural landmark.

Ta Prohm

The Khmer monarch completed the construction of this royal monastery in the 12th century and dedicated the grounds both to his mother and the goddess of wisdom, Prajnaparamita. The central stone pillar, called a foundational stele, chronicles the dedication and urges successors to protect the revered site.The location of the temple, set amidst the lush Cambodian jungle, makes it extremely popular for tourists. Ta Prohm was home to more than 12,500 people, and the temple served as a place of worship for thousands of souls in surrounding villages. Now this peaceful town stands as a reminder of Cambodia’s early spirituality and religious beliefs.

Bayon

Another of Angkor’s sacred temple sites is Bayon is a walled capital city known especially for its jungle of face towers. These towers bear massive stone carvings depicting the face of the king and a message of spiritual worship. This is a place where the teachings of Hinduism and Buddhism exist in a unique spiritual balance, most visibly evident in the massive stone faces carved into Bayon’s many towers.

Popular Temples of London

London, a stunning capital city of England as well as the United Kingdom mesmerizes its travelers on its every nook and corner. Right from historic monuments to modern architectures and the rich British culture, this city forms a charismatic kaleidoscope for an intrigue traveler. Besides being a British city, its demographic population contains a huge of outsider residents. Thus, it has many beautiful temples related to different faiths. Here, we have listed some popular temples of London which you must pay a visit to while visiting London.

Temples of London

Temples of London

Sree Ganapathy Temple, Wimbledon

Established in the year 1981, the Sree Ganapathy Temple at Wimbledon is known to be the first consecrated Hindu temple in Europe. The main deity of the temple is Lord Ganesha however, it also have the deities of Lord Hanuman, Goddess Durga (Parvati), Krishna etc. The temple also features Sai Mandir which is actually a prayer hall dedicated to Sathyanarayana Raju. Apart from various Hindu religious services, Sree Ganapathy Temple adopts an expended holistic approach where visitors can take part in philosophy talks, health seminars and yoga and meditation classes, arranged on regular basis.

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Also referred to as the Neasden Temple, the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is located in the London Borough of Brent in northwest London. This temple features a magnificent and impressive architecture which may amaze any onlooker. It is made of 2,820 tons of Bulgarian limestone and 2,000 tons of Italian Carrara, which were actually shipped to India for carving and then re-shipped to London to build the temple. This temple was a part of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) organization and was inaugurated on August 20, 1995 by Pramukh Swami Maharaj. It is often referred to Britain’s first authentic Hindu temple. Once inside, one can learn more about Hindu culture through tour to the “Understanding Hinduism” exhibit, and also relish on some Indian cuisine at the Shayona Restaurant and Shop.

ISKCON-Soho London Temple

While Oxford Street in London may be filled with shopping, nightclubs, and crowds of people, a quick turn onto Soho Street will bring you to an orange and sand colored structure that you might miss if you don’t look closely. This is the ISKCON-Soho London Temple. Upon entering the temple, visitors are asked to take off their shoes and approach the alter in front of them, which features the Deities of Sri Sri Radha-Londonisvara. Upstairs in the temple is the community shop, where you can find spiritual books, chanting beads, incense sticks, herbal medicine, vegan cosmetics, and more. And if you’re hungry, an on-site vegetarian restaurant, Govinda’s, prepares fresh meals throughout the day.

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Also known as the Neasden Temple, the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is the first traditional Hindu Mandir in all of Europe. This temple has impressive architecture, made of 2,820 tons of Bulgarian limestone and 2,000 tons of Italian Carrara that were shipped to India for carving then re-shipped to London to create the temple. The building of the structure is pretty amazing, as it took less than three years to put 26,300 pieces together, essentially like a giant puzzle. Inside, visitors can learn more about Hindu culture through the “Understanding Hinduism” exhibit, as well as grab some Indian cuisine at the Shayona Restaurant and Shop. Moreover, seminars, workshops, and performances for children through senior citizens are provided on a regular basis.

Shree Swaminarayan Temple Willesden

The Shree Swaminarayan Temple Willesden is a sect of Hinduism with the founder being Lord Shree Swaminarayan. In the 1960’s, there was a group of people who emigrated to Great Britain that followed Lord Shree Swaminarayan’s teachings and wanted a place to come together to pray and celebrate. The building of a temple was discussed and officially opened in 1975. Today the temple hosts many activities, from group prayer to teachings to English classes to yoga.

London England (LDS) Temple

temples in london While the temples mentioned thus far have all practiced forms of Hinduism, the London (LDS) Temple is actually a Mormon temple. The building was the first temple to be constructed in the British Isles and the second to be built in Europe. The temple is not exactly in London but about 25 miles south in the peaceful English countryside. There are multiple buildings to explore on the 32 acres the temple occupies, the most popular of which includes a 3-story, 40-room Elizabethian-style mansion. Outside, visitors can stroll around the well-manicured lawns, tall Oak Trees, and reflective pond. At night, the temple takes on a new mood as it seems to glow bright white against a black backdrop.

Temple Church

Most people will recognize the Temple Church from the famous Dan Brown novel, “The Da Vinci Code”. This site, which is usually referred to as “The Temple”, is actually a Christian temple, with beautiful medieval architecture and a unique circular nave that mimicks the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the site where Jesus is said to be buried. The temple was named after the Knights Templar, the “order of crusading monks founded to protect pilgrims on their way to and from Jerusalem in the 12th century”. Temple Church has seen a lot of history, for example, being badly damaged during WWII and surviving the Great Fire of London. Today, visitors today flock to not only see the famous site of a book turned movie, but also to see the knightly effigies (once believed to be tombs), the beautiful wooden alter, and the many gargoyles.

London Sri Murugan Temple

The London Sri Murugan Temple is a Hindu temple with a highly detailed facade, an impressive 52-foot tower outside, and polished granite tiles from India inside. Shrines carved from black granite give tribute to the deities that are decorated with flowers and fruits. Those who attend this temple hold Lord Muruga as the only supreme being, with his many faces manifested in the deities housed in the shrines. Whether you go to the London Sri Murugan Temple to attend service, learn about the Hindu faith, or explore the beautiful building design, a visit to this temple is religious space is a unique experience.

Wat Buddhapadipa

Wat Buddhapadipa was the first Buddhist temple ever to be built in London. The building, which was first opened at its present location in Wimbledon in 1976, is designed in a Thai style and used for monastic ceremonies. According to the temple’s website, they are the only traditional Thai temple ever to be built in Europe. While the structures consist of the monk’s house and a cottage, the 4 acres Wat Buddhapadipa resides on features a lake, small grove, orchard, and flower garden.

Religious Places: Pilgrim Destination of Kerala

Kerala has been described by philosophers and historians as God’s Own Country’. It seems true when one looks at the number of places of worship and pilgrimages situated here. It isn’t the fact that the pilgrimages located here belong to a particular religion. You can see from the cultural and religious diversity in the state, which India is so proud of. ‘God’s Own Country’ hosts a number of religious festivals throughout the year. Almost every Temple or Mosque in Kerala has its own festival, which are celebrated annually by the devotees with much pomp and show.

Kerala Pilgrim Destination

Kerala Pilgrim Destination

The Kerala Pilgrimage Destinations are a brilliant design of secular co-existence and religious harmony. The wealthy tradition and culture of Kerala has resulted in numerous places of worship in Kerala. There are a number of pilgrimage destinations all over Kerala, these religious places of Kerala can also be called as Kerala pilgrim centers as most of them have become important pilgrimage with time.

Hindu Pilgrim Centers

Aruvikkara Pilgrimage

Aruvikkara is an Kerala Pilgrim Destination centre located at Trivandrum is the Aruvikkara pilgrimage. It is nearby 16 kilometers and a very serene picnic spot and many tourists visit this place for peace of mind. It is both a pilgrim centre and a picnic spot. Flowing by is the Karamana River, on the banks of which, is the rock-shrine dedicated to ‘Bhagvathi’, the divine embodiment of Female power. There is a waterfall nearby.

Aruvippuram Pilgrimage

Aruvippuram is also one of the most beautiful and serene pilgrim centre, located at a distance of 24 kilometers from Trivandrum. It is a small but also lovely picnic spot for tourist. Sree Narayana Guru built this temple on the banks the river from which the place derives its name from a stream. This holy shrine attracts a number of devotees during the ‘Sivarathri’ festival in March.

Guruvayoor Temple – Known as the Kasi of South India

Guruvayoor Temple of Thrissur is a very important and famous pilgrimage. According to the legends, the idol worshipped at Guruvayur temple is more than 5000 years old. It is located 29 kilometers from Thrissur city. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who is worshipped as Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. The idol is built out of a rare stone called Patala Anjana. The temple holds the maximum number of weddings and “Annaprasanam”, which means feeding rice to a child for the first time.

Kodungalloor Pilgrimage

The Kodungalloor town is situated 35 kilometers south of Thrissur/ Trichur district. It is a very beautiful and strategic port of the Chera rulers of Tamilnadu that attract lots of tourist to visit this town. It is said that the apostle of Jesus Christ is said to have landed when he came to India. At Kodungalloor, there are worship places belonging to various religions.

Muslim Pilgrim Centers

Cheraman Juma Masjid, Kodungallor

The first mosque in India. Situated in Methala, Kodungalloor, hardly 20 kilometer from the Irinjalakuda railway station.Legend says King Cheraman Perumal of Kodungallor left for Mecca, embraced Islam, accepted the name Thajudee, married the sister of the then King of Jeddah. Ottapalam Juma Masjid

The Jama-at mosque, Malappuram

The Jama-at mosque is important for Kerala’s Muslims. The annual Nercha festival of the mosque is celebrated for four days in April. The Jama-at mosque is important for Kerala’s Muslims. The annual Nercha festival of the mosque is celebrated for four days in April. Adjoining the mosque is a mausoleum of the Malappuram Shaheeds whose brave exploits have been immortalised in Mappilla Ballads.

Beemapally Mosque Thiruvananthapuram

Beemapally Mosque is situated in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. The mosque is widely visited by people of all religions and castes. Tomb of Syedunnisa Beema Beevi is one of the major attractions of this mosque. She was a Muslim lady who had divine powers. Her son Syedushuhadamaheen Abubacker also is entombed here.Every year, a feast is held in honor of Beema Beevi. Pilgrims from across the state and globe come to the mosque to witness the feast. However this is not the major festival. The most important festival at Beemapally Mosque Thiruvananthapuram is the Chandanakudam festival.

Malik Ibn Dinar Mosque Kasargod

Located at Thalangara, Malik Ibn Dinar Mosque is one of the top Muslim pilgrim centers in Kasaragod, Kerala. The mosque is believed to be constructed by Malik Ibn Dinar, an Arabian Islam missionary who is one among the pioneers to bring Islam to India. The mosque is known after his name.Built in the year AD 642, the mosque holds some historical importance. Malik Ibn Dinar Mosque is an important Muslim pilgrim center in Kerala. Muslim pilgrims, even from the deep corners of the world, visit this mosque and offer worship.

Christian Pilgrim Centers

Blessed Alphonsa, Bharananganam

The church is one the important centers of the Christians in Kerala. The mortal remains of Sr. Alphonsa.

Manjinikkara Church

Manjinikkara church derives its importance from the holy tomb of late lsnatius Elias, the Holy Patriarch of Antioch. Members of the Jacobite Syrian Chirch believe that the Holy Father was a sent.

St. Francis Church, Fort Kochi

The first European church in India, which later became the model for building churches in elsewhere the country. Vasco da gama, who died in Kochi during his second visit to Kerala.

St. Thomas Cathedral, Pala

St. Thomas Church at Pala in Kottayam district is known for Rakkuli festival commemorating the Epiphany feast celebrated on January 6. The festival has become an occasion for trade related exhibitions.