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Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, Alappuzha

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At Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, find some peace of mind. Enjoy the amazing architecture, and learn about the rich history and legends of this religious place. Feed the fish in the beautiful, clear lake, and try the traditional milk and rice pudding made with secret techniques for centuries. When entering the temple, make sure you wear appropriate clothes to adhere to the modest dress code. Every year the temple holds a religious festival open for visitors. By using our Alappuzha holiday planner, you can arrange your visit to Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple and other attractions in Alappuzha.
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  • Well planned trip it was to get pal payasam. Reached temple by 11am. Since it is very normal day, very minimal growed was there. Temple: really a good and well maintained and the story behind this tem...  more »
  • One of the most famous SriKrishna temple located at Alappuzha, Kerala. The deity is worshipped as Unnikrishna aka Krishna as a child.. Temple is very renowned for payasam (Amabalapuzha Palpayasam)  more »
  • It's an hour ride from Allepey , beautiful temple. Famous for its milk payasam which gets served at 1 PM in queue. We couldn't try it as we were running late.  more »
  • Just 16 km from Aleppy this beautiful temple is just 1km inside from highway. No dress code was in place when we visited. I found people entering in burmudas and skirts also. Temple is huge and calm. The famous prasad "Palpayasam" will be available at 12:30 and will be in limited Quantities if you stand in queue. Quantity depends on the crowd when we visited they were giving more than 2 liters also. Only thing is that you need give more names as slip can be made in quantities of half litres per person. You can advance book the Palpayasam one day before and collect it next day at 12:30pm with out standing in queue. Elephant is there in temple and you can feed it some bananas. Temple has lunch facility on some specific days only. We we lucky to get lunch. But the ambience of place where lunch was served was really pathetic and I would definitely not go to lunch again ( I should not say it for temple food but I felt very bad). The food was very tasty and good in quantity also. Temple closes at 12:30 and will open at 05:00pm. If you use footware stand ready to pay Rs 3 per pair. A must visit temple and never miss the delicious Palpayasam
  • Ambalappuzha , literally means Temple River. This village is very near Aleppy town and is 75 km from the city of Cochin. There is very famous temple of Krishna in this village. Once when the Vilwamangalam Swamiyar (a very famous sage of Kerala) and the king of Chempagassery were travelling in a boat, they heard the flute being played on the shores of the back waters . Vilwamangalam could see Lord Krishna sitting on a branch of a banyan tree and playing flute. This tree was in the middle of water. They bought the land from the owner, filled up that area and built a temple there. (This Banyan tree still exists in the back of the temple and is called Ganapathi Banyan tree). The king wanted to consecrate Lord Krishna as the cowherd in the temple. But once the idol was made, it was found to be defective , by a famous Namboodiri. He showed it by tapping the hand of the idol which broke. They then bought an already available idol from Kurichi. Since the king of Kurichi was the enemy of the Chempagassery king, this idol was smuggled from there with a help of a Panikkar. This Panikkar’s family has the post of Chief of the temple (koyma). While bringing it from Kurichi, during the day time, the idol was hidden in the house of a Christian called “Itty thoman.” for a day. Even to day the room in which the idol was kept is considered as a holy place and a lamp lit there. While consecrating the idol, it was shaking in its position and was not stable. Then a sage came and asked them to keep the idol on a betel leaf. Then it stood firm. Because of this the place was called Thamboola Puzhai.. This name later got corrupted and became the present day Ambala puzhai. It is believed that this idol was one of the three idols given by Lord Krishna to Arjuna. Once when sage Vilwamangalam visited this temple, the king expressed a desire to see Lord Krishna in person. When he was shown Lord Krishna in person by sage Vilwamangalam, the king dedicated his country to the temple and took the name of Deva Narayanan. Even today the eldest member of the king’s family is called Deva Narayanan, The Pala payasam (about 100 liters) prepared daily in this temple is very famous. It is believed that Lord Guruvayurappan and the Thiruvarpu Krishna daily come here to eat this Payasam. It is divinely tasty and no one will ever forget its taste, if he is lucky to taste this, Payasam. The required milk with four times water is boiled for five hours. Then the required quantity of rice is added and boiled for another 45 minutes. During the six hours, the payasam has to be constantly stirred. After six hours Khandasari sugar is added and boiled till it dissolves. Before putting the sugar, the cook shouts, “Vasudeva”. The idol of the temple is really in the form of a driver of a chariot but, he is worshipped in the form of a cowherd. It is believed that during the conquest of Tippu Sultan, the idol of Guruvayurappan was brought to this temple and worshipped here. Krishna’s birth day (ashtami Rohini ) is celebrated here in a gala way. There are many other festivals in this temple. The temple is open from 3 Am to 12.30 PM and then from 5 to 8,30 Pm.
  • Known as the Guruvayur of the south. People who visit here should taste the legendary "AMBALAPUZHA PALPAYASAM" .
  • Not much crowded.. no restrictions or que.. and most specially, loved to have the 'palpayasam'.
  • A very famous Sree Krishna Temple in Kerala. You can get tasty Palpayasam from here on ordering a day before. Some shops outside the temple also sell Palpayasam, charging money per glass.