Location - Kalpathy temple is situated at a distance of 3kms from Palakkad
Best Time to visit Kalapathy Temple - Visitors can drop in to this temple between September and February.
How to Reach Kalapathy Temple
By Air - Cochin and Nedumbassery International Airport are the most convenient air transport means
By Train - The Palakkad railway station is closest from the temple.
By Road - The Palakkad-Ponnani road is the most important one to reach the temple and links NH47 and NH17. The temple is on NH47 which connects Salem to Kanyakumari through Palakkad. Travelers can also reach Palakkad by buses from Coimbatore too which is the nearest city.
Kalpathy Temple in Kerala
The place Kalpathy is also referred to as Dakshin Kashi. Positioned at a distance of around 3km from Palakkad, the Kalpathy temple is said to be one of the oldest Shiva temples. Well-known all over for its grand Chariot Festival held annually, this temple was built by the king Kombi Achan of Palakkad in approximately 1425 AD. As for the festival, it is celebrated over a span of seven days and is derived from the vedic Tamil Brahmin culture. Adjacent to the temple are Tamil Brahmin villages which have the status of a World Heritage site. They reveal a gist of the cultural life that was seen 1000 years ago.
According to a legend, the lingam in the temple was seemingly brought by a Brahmin widow called Lakshmiammal from Benaras. She then installed it at the prevalent spot along the Southern bank of the Neela Bhagirathi river. And not surprisingly, the manner in which the steps take visitors to the river alongside coupled with the temple's location is reminiscent of the Benaras temple situated along the Ganges. The Kalpathy temple is hence also referred to as 'Kasiyil Pakuthi Kalpathy' or Half Banaras and is a must visit when at Kerala.
Commencing in the month of November, the Kalpathy Car Festival is a week long celebration. The annual festival is witness to a variety of elegantly bedecked temple chariots drawn on the streets by devotees on the last three days. With Vedic recitals held in the temple all through the festivities, pulling the chariot during the festival is believed to be an honorable deed.
Visitors will also enjoy the serene atmosphere offered by the Vedic chants encircling the area during the annual chariot festival. The environment is joyous and there's true celebration with a touch of devotion during this period.