Aranmula is a suburb of Kozhencherry in Pathanamthitta District in the state of Kerala in south India. Nearby important places are Pathanamthitta (10 km) and Chengannur (10km). The nearest railway station is at Chengannur and airports are at Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. It is the venue of the annual snake boat race on the Pampa river. Aranmula is also famous for its metal mirrors, known as Aranmula kannadi. Vijnana Kala Vedi, a school of traditional art founded by French artist Louba Schild, is in Aranmula, on the way to Kozhencherry.

Aranmula Pardhasaradhi Temple

Aranmula Pardhasaradhi Temple is a famous old major temple in Kerala. Main idol is Krishna, who is the leader of Arjuna in Kurukshetra War. It is believed that this temple was built near Sabarimalai near Nilackal. There is a flight of 18 steps that lead to the Eastern Tower while 57 descending steps from the Northern tower reaches the Pampa River.

Pulikkunnumala Mahadeva Temple

Pulikkunnumala Mahadeva Temple is situated nearby Aranmula. Approximately 4 km from Aranmula to reach this temple. It is build on top of a beautiful hill. We can see the far away Parthasaradhi Temple's pole, Kozhencherry town from here. The temple is very old. It's related to the story of Pandavas. They visit there and done pujas. This temple is donated by Koikkattumalayil Late Shri. Ramakrishna Pillai to the Kshetra Samrakshana Samiti, Kerala. Yearly celebrations on Mahasivaratri. Pujas are traditional and tribe.

Aranmula is known for the Vaasthu Vidya Gurukulam, the traditional way of constructing buildings. Aranmula is located on the banks of the river Pamba, which hosts another important annual event called the Maramon Convention.

The famous Aranmula Mirror, localy known as Aranmula kannadi, kannadi meaning mirror, is made here. This mirror is made out of high tin bronze.

The Place is of historical importance, the Thiruaranmula Parthsaaradhi temple. It is believed that the main idol was originally the "Thevaara vigraha"(one which was used for daily personal worship) of Arjuna the third Paandava. It is also believed that the thevaars vigrahas of the four other Paandavas are placed in the nearest four villages namely Thrchittaat, Thrppuliyoor, Thiruvanmandoor near Chengannur, Thrkkodithaanam near Changanassery.

The Aranmula Vallamkali, the wold famous water carnival is the main important event related to this place. It started in relation with the thiruvonathoni which starts on Uthraadam (day before Onam)evening from Kaattoor Mahavishnu temple with provisions for the 'Nivedyam' and 'samoohasadya' (mass feast)on Thiruvonam at the temple.The provisions are offered by the Mangattu Bhattathiry, thekaranavar (the eldest member) of Mangattu Illom.(There is a legend also behind this.) Previously the Mangattu Illom was situated near Kaattoor temple and now it is at Kumaranalloor near Kottayam. There will be a representative from the family on the thoni (canoe), as a part of tradition. It is a nice sight to see the thoni moving down the river Pampa without rowing. The thoni is symbolic of Garuda the vehicle of Lord vishnu

FOKANA, a consortium of Non-Residential Malayalis in the United States of America and Canada is promoting a company, Central Travancore Development Corporation (CTDC) for the overall development of Central Travancore region. CTDC is planning to build a domestic airport in Aranmula. Apart from the above specialities, Aranmula is famous for many other things like - Valla Sadhya, thanungu perukku. The Aranmula Tiruvaranmulayappan temple is very famous and one of the biggest in Kerala. Other small temples in Aranmula are: Ganapati Temple,Kadakal, Punnamthottam, Kuruvilakkavu, Kaippuzha, Pallimukkom etc. EDAYARANMULA:THE ORGIN OF THE PARTHA SARATHY Is a 2KM From aranmula temple on chengannur road. Very beautiful and natural place in the bank of river PAMPA. VILAKKUMADOM is located in Edayaranmula ware Krishna is came through Pampa River by a small boat made by six bamboos(arru mula )so the place name come Aranmula. Then went to Aranmula. Aranmula kodiettu and Pushpabhishekam is Starting from the Vilakkumadom.

Nearby places


Arattupuzha is located between 4 km away from Chengannur, and 5 km away from Aranmula. This place is blessed with the presence of River Pampa. Neighbouring villages are Nellikkal, Malakkara, Puthencavu and Neervilakom.


Neervilakom (also spelt Neervilakam, Neervilakem, Nirvilakam, Nirvilakom, Nirvilakem) is one of the beautiful villages situated between Aranmula and Chengannur. This place is blessed with natural beauty where God has shown his artistic ability. The place is located, 5 km away from Chengannur and 7 km away from Aranmula. Neervilakom belongs to Aranmula panchayath situated in the extreme west part of Pathanamthitta district. It is the geographical border of Alappuzha and pathanamthitta districts. It shares its border with Malakkara, Arattupuzha, Puthancavu, Kurichumuttam and Piralasherry villages.

The main access to Neervilakom village is Chengannur- Pandalam parallel road. Other accesses are Arattupuzha - Neervilakom road, Malakkara- Neervilakom road, Chakkittappadi- Neervilakom road and Aranmula- Chengannur parallel road. Limited bus services are available. Auto rickshaws and taxies are available for convenient travel. Chengannur railway station is just 5 km away from this place and so is the main bus station.

Places of Pilgrimage

  • Sree Dharmashastha Temple.
  • Peringattukavu Devi Temple.
  • Nilakkal Mahadeva Kudumba Temple.
  • Kuttamthu Murthi Temple.
  • Muttettu Murthi Temple.
  • St: Gregorious Orthodox Church.
  • Pampu Mana Nagaraja kavu
  • Chirakkirottu Nagaraja Kavu
  • Thompilethu Nagaraja Kavu
  • Thekkedethu Nagaraja Kavu
  • Vadakkedathu Nagaraja Kavu.

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