Best time to visit Kottakkal in the next six months
- State: Kerala
- Altitude: 111 m
Kottakkal, earlier known by the name Swetha Durgam, was a military base for the kingdom of Valluvanad and the home of their priest and governing head, Karuvayoor Moosad. Kottakkal rulers fought against the British and tried to stop their expansion; they also waged war defending their land from Tipu Sultan. Scholars like Manorama Thampuratty and Kunhikuttan Thamparan (who has translated the Mahabharatha), were also from Kottakkal.
One of the major contributors to Kerala’s tourism and the major draw of this town is the Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala, which is known for its Panchakarma method for treating several problems such as arthritis, spondylitis, mental disorders, rheumatism, obesity, skin disorders etc, with the help of Ayurvedic medicine and massage.
The Vishwambara Temple is famous for the Kottakkal Pooram festival celebrated in the months of March or April for seven days. The festival is celebrated to honour Dhanvantari, who is the patron god of medicine and health. During the celebration, cultural programmes by famous classical artists are also organized in the temple premises.
The closest airport to this place is Karipur International Airport, which is located at a distance of 36 km. The place does not have its own railway station; the nearest one being at Malappuram Town, located at a distance of 12 km from Kottakkal.
Kottakkal experiences heavy rainfall throughout the year. However, the climate of this place stays pleasant and hospitable. The ideal time to be here is between the months of June and August.