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Irunilamkode Cave Temple

This ritualistic procedure is known as Oooruchutal (journey of village) in the local parlour.

Irunilamkode, 2 km west of Mullurkara railway station in Thrissur district is a perfect place of pastoral tourism which is gaining popularity now-a-days. Pastoral tourism is all about villages. Experiencing of tradition, heritage, cultural festivities of villages will be of immense gain to a visitor.

Irunilamkode’s speciality lies in scores of caves and a cave temple which is a heritage property under the protection of Archaelogical Dedpartment of Kerala. The cave temple, also known as Muniyara in local language, can be reached only by trekking 400 metres. This temple is also known as ‘Dakshina Kailasam’(Kailasam of South). There is a pond close to the temple. The main offering to the deity Shiva is a poomoodal (covering the deity-idol with flowers). Though the main deity is Shiva the main festival celebrated is Thaipooyam (which is normaly celebrated in Subramanya temples) during which a decorated chariot with the idol of Subramannia is pulled to all the house-premises in the Panchayat. This ritualistic procedure is known as Oooruchutal (journey of village) in the local parlour.

Tourists both from India and aborad used flocking to the temple and helltop. Trekking to the hill-top will be a new experience to the visiors. A panoramic view from the hill is awesome and thrilling.

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