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Mannar - the bell metal town of Kerala

 

The world’s biggest church lamp at Kuravilangad and the world’s largest temple lamp at Chettikulangara Devi Temple, trace their origin to a tiny town in Alappuzha. While the rest of Kerala is known for its natural beauty, Mannar earned its name due to its beautiful creations in brass, bronze and silver. The craftsmanship on display is magnificent and in demand across the world.

Mannar is a bustling industrial town. Its forges are famous for its vessels, lamps, bells etc. made out of brass, bronze, silver and other metals. One can visit these in person to watch the metal workers at work. From temples in Shimla to the Cathedral in New Delhi, artefacts from Mannar adorn them to this day.

Mannar also has many unique religious sites. The Perumala Church Festival draws in huge crowds. The annual Vishnu festival at Panayannar Kavu Temple is another colourful event. It is famous for its Sarpa Kavu (sacred grove for serpent gods) and the mural paintings. The Thrikkuratti Mahadeva Temple regularly attracts people of all faiths and they have made offerings at its entrance for a long time. It is a fine symbol of the communal bonhomie prevalent in the place. 

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Chengannur, via Mavelikkara - Kozhencherry Hwy, about 10 km

Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 122 km and Trivandrum International Airport, about 124 km

Location

Latitude: 9.318651, Longitude: 76.534095


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