Kerala invites people from all over the world for Hindu pilgrimage tour and to be blessed and attain spirituality that they have been longing for. It is worth mentioning, Hinduism in Kerala has history that dates back to several thousand years. Evidently, this serene state is dotted with Hindu shrines and sites that along with reflecting rich history also showcase the opulent art and architecture of the state.
Hinduism being the ancient most as well as the deep-rooted religion in Kerala contributed in adorning the infrastructure of the state. Almost every large city and even the remote villages are dotted with temples and sites dedicated to Hindu Gods and Goddesses. One can also not forget that Kerala is the land of Lord Parshuram, Ayyappan and Vishnu, and thus is an important pilgrimage centre in India. Kerala temples follow a unique architecture called Tantrasamuchaya which focuses on energy flow.
The dress code for both men and women is maintained in almost every Hindu shrine and photography is also prohibited in many of the temples. Amongst the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites in Kerala are Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta, which has Lord Ayyappan as the main deity; then there is Guruvayoor, which is one of the 108 Maha Vishnu temples in India.
Apart from these are Sree Padmanabha Temple where Lord Vishnu can be seen in sleeping posture, the temple is also famed for its 108 beautiful carved pillars and other sculptures, murals and stone works.The trio temples of Ettumanoor Vaikom Kaduthurthy in Kottayam District are popular Shiva temples that are believed to had been established on the same day. The main attraction of these temples are the imposing structures at Vaikom and Ettumanoor Temples. Ettumanoor Temple is also known for its Seven and a Half Golden Elephants idol which is only available for public viewing during festival. The Kodungallor Temple and Thiruvanchikulam Shiva Temple in Thrissur District are also important Hindu temples in Kerala, where Kodungallor is a popular Devi temple, which reflects the historical relations between Ancient Tamil Empires of Chera, Cholas and Pandyas; the Thiruvanchikulam Shiva Temple is one-of-its-kind temple in South India, where Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati along with their full family can be seen inside one sanatorium. Amongst other popular temples in Kerala are Choothanikara Devi Temple in Kochi City; Mannarasala - Nagaraja Temple and Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple in Alappuzha District; Sree Parassinikadu Muttappan Temple in Kannur, where no idol is worshipped and Subrahmanya Swamy Temple, which is reckoned to be the oldest temple in Kerala and one of most important Hindu pilgrimage destinations in South India.