Thodikkulam Temple at Kannavam is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at the Kannur district of Kerala. This temple is a must-visit place, not only for devotees but also for all art lovers because of its eye catching art works. This temple is believed to be built around 2000 years ago and houses more than 150 mural paintings in about 40 panels on an area of 700 sq. ft. It shall be amazing to watch four walls of the sreekovil (sanctum sanctorum) that is adorned with beautiful mural paintings based on the myths related to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The murals also show the village life of this region from the 16th to 18th centuries. This temple is an ideal place for people who wish to watch the unique art works of Kerala.
The two-storeyed sanctum sanctorum of the Thodikkulam Temple is rectangular in shape. There is an incomplete portico (Mukhamandapam) in front of the central shrine. The Mukhamandapam and the outer building complete the whole temple structure.
Once you visit the Thodikkulam Shiva Temple, you will get an idea of the skill and excellence of the artists who lived in this region during olden times. The mural paintings of the temple follow certain standards when it comes to its proportions, colors and methods. The paintings are made using only natural pigments. The nearest railway station Thalassery is around 28 kilometers from this temple. Pilgrims need to travel almost 71 kilometers from Kozhikode International Airport to reach this Shiva shrine. We, Tour My India provide excellent pilgrimage tour packages to Kerala that cover many ancient temples and holy sites of the state.