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Festival of Akkare Kottiyoor Temple, Kannur

Kottiyoor village located in Kannur district, in the Indian state of Kerala, has its own significance as the place is famous for two Shiva temples — Akkare Kottiyoor and Ikkare Kottiyoor. Akkare means the far bank and Ikkare means the near bank. Both these temples are located in the dense forests on the shores of river Bavali.

At Akkare Kottiyoor temple, the deity is believed to be a Swayambhoo Lingam (self-formed idol of Lord Siva). There is no formal structure of a temple as such. The image is seated on a Thara (earthen platform), surrounded by small heap of stones. It is called Manithara.

Every year during May- June, a twenty eight-day festival is held at the temple, which commences with the Neyyattam ritual and concludes with the Thirukalasattu. The Akkare Kottiyoor temple remains open only on these festival days. Featured here is the festival video of Akkare Kottiyoor temple.

How to reach

Nearest railway station: Thalassery Railway station, about 65 km.
Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, about 160 km.