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A guide to Aranmula, Pathanamthitta District, Kerala, India

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Aranmula, the picturesque village in Pathanamthitta district has been declared as an international tourism destination by the Union Government. It has also been included in the Cultural Tourism programme, a joint initiative of the Union Ministry of Tourism and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Vastuvidya Gurukulam, an institution under the state Cultural Department for the promotion of Kerala's traditional architecture, is the implementing partner of the project.

Parthasarthy Temple

It is one of the prominent Krishna temples in Kerala. The Lord Krishna at Aranmula is depicted as Parthasarathy. It is from here that the sacred jewels of Ayyappan are taken in procession to Sabarimala each year.

Aranmula Kannadi

Centuries ago the native craftsmen invented a mirror made of metal. The bronze (odu) workers of Aranmula specialize in making the world famous cast metal mirrors with handles known as the Aranmula Kannadi.

Aranmula Boat Race

Aranmula Boat Race

This is held annually during the Onam celebrations on the last day of the weeklong Onam festival. The snake boats assemble near the Sri Parthasarathy Temple before the grand procession. Each boat is 100 ft. long and accommodates 4 helmsmen, 100 oarsmen, and 25 singers. The snake boats move in pairs to the rhythm of full-throated singing and shouting, watched by an excited crowd. Each boat accommodates about 100 rowers, a group of drummers, and some ornamental umbrellas.The Aranmula boat race combines devotion, sportsmanship, and friendship in a grandeous, unforgetable event.

How to Reach Aranmula?

Aranmula is located at a distance of 10 kilometers from Chengannur. It is on the left bank of the Pampa river. The nearest Railway station and bus station is Chengannur. You can take a taxie or a Rickshaw to Aranmula. Access: Chengannur 12 km; NH 47 link with Kochi (NW) airport, sea port, Konkan railway & highway; Thiruvananthapuram (SE) also via NH 47

Vastu Vidya Gurukulam, Aranmula

This village is fast growing as a centre of Kerala's Vastu architecture, cultural art forms, and traditional crafts. Vastu Vidya Gurukulam intended to promote and preserve the traditional architecture and mural painting. Address: Vastu Vidya Gurukulam, Aranmula, 689 533, Pathanamthitta, Kerala email: vvgurukulam@sancharnet.in

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