Each Krishna devotee would love to visit Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple at least once in his lifetime. Located in the Alappuzha district in Kerala, this temple is famous for ‘Ambalappuzha Palpayasam,’ a delicious milky porridge prepared using rice, milk and sugar. This marvelous pilgrim center is believed to have been constructed during the 15-17th century. Parthasarathi, carved out of black granite stone is the main idol of Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple. The idol holds a sacred conch in the left hand and a whip in the right hand. Many Hindu devotees visit this temple every day to offer prayers to Lord Krishna and taste the delicious Palpayasam.
Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple has direct association with the well known Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple. The idol of Lord Krishna from the Guruvayoor Temple was brought to Ambalappuzha temple in 1789 during the raids of Tipu Sultan and kept it in this holy site for nearly 12 years. Devotees believe that Guruvayoorappan visit this temple daily at the time of serving palpayasam in order to taste it. The temple is also associated with Ottanthullal, a great art performed in Kerala. Kunjan Nambiar, a legendary Malayalam poet first introduced this art form at the premises of this temple.
The Chambakulam Moolam water festival, the annual festival of Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple is conducted on the Moolam star of the Malayalam month Midhunam every year. The flag hoisting ceremony of Aarattu festival is conducted every year in the Meenam month of the Malayalam Era (March-April) on the Atham star and the Aaraattu celebrations take place on the Thiruvonam star of the Meenam. Pallipana is another important festival of Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple which is celebrated once in 12 years and performed by Velans, a community in Kerala.
Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna temple is nearly 14 kilometers away from Alappuzha and 120 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport which is approximately 64 kilometers away. Alappuzha is the nearest railway station. Tour My India offers attractive pilgrim travel packages to Kerala and this temple is one of the must-visit temples in our spiritual tour itinerary for Kerala.