There are several things that make Tali Shiva Temple special and most loved tourist destinations of Kozhikode, visited by plenty of national and foreign tourists every year. This 12th century temple is considered to be the oldest and sacred temples of Kerala and is built by Swamy Thirumulapad, the Zamorin King, within his palace complex. Tali Shiva Temple is an outstanding example of the Kerala style of architecture, that features a great woodwork, combined with laterite, to form amazing wall paintings and wooden roof carvings. This remarkable feature of Tali Temple makes it one of the popular tourist attractions of Kozhikode.
The fascinating designs and intricate brass-relief on the walls of the sanctum are some of the important details, that tourists love to see in Tali Temple. For some people this temple is a God's gift to them as it has brought prosperity to the town. It is believed that Saint Parshuram, one of the most famous saints in Hindu mythology, laid the main idol inside the temple precinct. The idol of Lord Ayappa laid by him is one of the most striking features of this temple.
Some historians believe that the temple was most likely built during the foundation of the city itself in the 12th century or before. The stupendous architecture of the temple and its meticulous designing makes it a unique piece of structure with its sanctorum built in the shape of a chariot and murals painted all over the walls. These paintings have mythical creatures from Hindu epics.
Tali Shiva Temple host Revathi Pattathanam, an annual seminar, which takes place every year in the months of October to November. A large number of scholars from across the world witness this prominent event and participate in insightful debates and discussion.