The Emerald Green Backwaters

Temple Town Heritrage Boat Cruise River Side Theyyam

Parassinikadavu situated in the Anthoor Municipality of Kannur is a small temple town. Parassinikadavu is a famous tourist destination in North Kerala, situated on the banks of the Valapattanam River. This place is situated about 18 k.m from the Kannur headquarters.

Parassinikadavu Sree Muthappan Madappura (Temple), Parassinikadavu Snake Park, Boating through the River etc. are the major attractions of the place.

  • Entry to the Temple in Parassinikadavu is restricted after 8 A.M in the morning till evening 4 P.M and after 8 P.M in the night till morning 5 A.M
  • Tourists and Pilgrims should not litter the place or throw plastic or food wastes to the river
  • The dogs are to be treated with utmost importance
  • Visitors should not disturb the animals and snakes in the Snake Park.
  • Tourists are not allowed to jump into the river during boat cruise.

  • Nearest Railway Station: Kannur Railway Station (20 km away)
  • Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport (about 136 km)

  • The ancient river side temple of Parassinikadavu
  • Muthappan Theyyam performed on daily basis
  • The offerings of pulses, dried fish and toddy to the shrine.
  • Dogs that reside as the guardians of the temple
  • Snake Park in Parassinikadavu
  • Houseboat and Pleasure Boat cruising in Valapattanam River.

Can Non-Hindus enter the Parassinikadavu Temple?

Yes, the Parassinikadavu temple is open for people of all religions and nationalities.

Is toddy offered as Prasada in the Temple?

Yes, toddy and dried fish, tea and other offerings are provided to the deity and pilgrims in the temple.

What are the visiting timings of Parassinikadavu Temple? Can the Theyyam be seen every day?

The temple remains open every day from morning 5:00 A.M to 8: A.M and from evening 4:00 P.M till 8:00 P.M. During this time every day, the Thiruvappan Theyyam and the Vellatom gives blessings to the devotees visiting the Temple.

  • Languages Spoken: Malayalam, English
  • Guides are available on request

Detail Description

The temple town of Parassinikadavu is rich with cultural and heritage values that have piled up through the flow of time! Being the blessing of the land, the world renowned Parassinikadavu Sree Muthappan temple is one of the important sacred pilgrim centres in North Kerala. It stands on the banks of Valapattanam River which originates in Western Ghats and empties itself in Arabian Sea. The Muthappan temple is one of the most important shrines in the area. The Valapattanam River flows from the Ghats in the form of a holy river and in its route covers many important shrines including Kottiyoor hills. It is the tributary of the sacred Bavali River.


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The Parassinikadavu Temple on the banks of the serene River of Valapattanam is one of those numerous sights that always keeps me visit the magical land of North Kerala. Getting down the bus from Kannur at the Dharmasala bus stop, one must take a bus or Auto rickshaw to the Temple.

Built on the banks of the Valapattanam River, around 18 km from the hustles of the city of Kannur, the iconic temple of Parassinikadavu is dedicated to Sri Muthappan, a manifestation of ‘Thiruvappana’ and ‘Vellatom’. A school of thought also attributes ‘Sri Muthappan’ as a manifestation of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The annual festival of this temple is known as ‘Puthari Thiruvappana’, which is celebrated during the harvest time by locals. This usually falls in the first week of December, which is also the best time to visit Kannur.


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