Lake / Backwaters | Pilgrimage
At a distance of 35 km from Kottayam and 18 km from Kumarakom, Vaikom, situated on the eastern side of Vembanad lake is the oldest township in Kottayam district. Vaikom is famous as a temple town and a popular getaway to experience beautiful backwaters in kerala.
Vaikom is well known for the the ancient Mahadeva temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and believed to be built by Parasurama, the founder of Kerala. The temple has a huge courtyard spanning over to 8 acres of land and four towers on each side of the temple. Other major attractions of the Mahadeva Temple includes the Garbagriha, a golden Stupa surmounting Garbagriha, 19.5m tall golden staff, etc. The exterior walls of the Garbagriha exhibit several pieces of artwork.
This is the place which had made a significance in Indian history with the Vaikom Sathyagraham in 1924, i.e the movement against untouchability in Hindu society. Leader of the Indian Freedom Movement Mahatma Gandhi had participated in this struggle and with his interference, all Hindus irrespective of caste are allowed to enter the temples.
Backwater trips in Vembanad Lake in Vaikom is a famous activity for tourists. Many tourists are coming to vaikom to enjoy backwater tour on traditional non mechanised kettuvallam, the narrow canals in vaikom are very beautiful. Vaikom villages are very authentic and one can see the traditional life styles of kerala people. Backwater trips usually start from Vaikom Boat Jetty & KTDC Jetty (adjacent to Vaikom jetty).
The festival of Vaikom called Ashtami is very famous and it last for 12 days, which is held twice annually, in Kumbham (February-March) and Vrischikam (November-December) of which the latter is more popular.
The best time to visit Vaikom is during the months of November-January during the Ashtami festival.
Temple Timings: 4 AM to 12 PM & 5 PM to 8 PM.