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Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna Temple
Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna Temple

The Sri Krishna Temple is a Hindu temple in Ambalappuzha and is one of the oldest temples in Kerala. Believed to have been built in AD 790 by the local ruler Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal Devanarayanan Thampuran the temple attracts huge numbers of devotees each year. Built in the unique Kerala architectural style, the temple is famous all over India for its Payasam; a sweet porridge made of rice, milk and sugar. Paintings of the Dasavatharam (ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu) are on display on the inner walls of the Chuttambalam.

Ottanthullal, a satiric art form created by the poet Kunchan Nambiar, was first performed on the premises of this temple.

The ceremonial 10 day festival in Meenam (March/April) is the most important festival of the temple. In addition the Champakulam Boat Race, an annual snake boat race of Kerala is conducted on the Moolam Nakshtram or star in the month of Mithunam on the holy river Pamba. It is one of the oldest and the most significant snake boat races in Kerala and is directly associated with the Sri Krishna Temple. The race is said to be about 450 plus years old.

Once a temple offering and unique to the Sri Krishna temple, the sweet pudding made of rice, milk and sugar is now customary in Kerala and is made on all auspicious occasions

Nearest railway station: Approximately 2 km away from the temple and approximately 14 km away from Alappuzha.
Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, approximately 37 km away.