Kalady is one of the popular pilgrimage centres of Kerala, located on the banks of the Periyar River in the Ernakulum District. It is famous as the birthplace of the founder of the Advaita order, Adi Sankara. It is known for spiritual importance and has various attractions like temples, historical villages, churches and ghats.
The Ramakrishna Ashram, established by the great visionary Shri Ramakrishna, is one of the prime attractions of this region. This ashram has a prayer hall and various beautiful paintings within its premises. The Keerthisthambam is a popular monument situated on the banks of the Periyar River and is famous for its statue of Adi Sankara.
Tourists can also visit the Kallil Devi Temple, a famous Jain shrine built in the 9th century. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and also has a statue of Lord Brahma. The Shankara Temple and the Manjapra Karppilli Kavu Shiva Temple are other famous temples of Kalady.
The Kuzhipillykavu Jaladurga Temple has an idol of the main deity of Rudrakshashila and of Lord Ganesh, Santhi Durga, Brahmarakshas and Balabhadra. Travellers can also visit various other temples like the Vamanamoorthy Temple, Shri Krishna Temple and Manickamangalam Karthyayani Temple.
Tourists can also explore other attractions like the Sringeri Mutt Complex. This complex is situated on the northern shores of the Periyar River and has several small shrines. It was constructed in the memory of Adi Sankara.
Tourists can head towards various ghats, like the Crocodile Ghat and the Ghat of the Post-Funeral Rites of Mother Aryadevi. Various popular towns and villages, such as Malayatoor, Vallom, Kanjirakkad and Chengal are also situated near Kalady.
Kalady is also famous for churches like the St. Roche's Church and St. Joseph Church. The St. Joseph Church is popular for the Feast of Parish Patron St. Joseph, celebrated on the first Sunday of May. Other popular feasts like St. Martin and St. Sebastian are organised in November and January.