Malanada Duryodhana Temple located at Alumkadavu village in the Kollam district is dedicated to Duryodhana, the anti-hero of epic Mahabharata. Malanada Kettukazhcha is a spectacular event which is a part of the annual festival of this temple. People from different areas of the state visit the shrine to watch this colorful event. This one-day annual festival is celebrated in the month of March. Kettukazhcha is a very fascinating sight in which decorated structures are taken out to the accompaniment of traditional orchestra of drums. The people in the region decorate those structures of 70 to 80 feet tall in a competitive spirit.
Even though this temple is devoted to Duryodhana, it has no idol or a sanctum sanctorum, which is a unique feature of this temple. The poojas of it are done by a priest belonging to the Kurava community. It is believed that people of this community gave food and shelter to Duryodhana when he was in search of Pandavas during their exile. The nearest railway station to reach this temple is Karunagapally which is nearly 17 kilometers away. Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is 91 kilometers from Malanada Duryodhana Temple. Contact Tour My India if you wish to visit unique shrines in Kerala at affordable rates.