VARIKKASSERI MANA (Malayalam: വരിക്കാശേരി മന) is one of the oldest traditional aristocratic Namboothiri's Houses (illam). It is also known as Varikkumanchery Mana. It is located at Manissery,a village in Ottapalam,palakkad, Kerala, South India. Varikkassey Mana is situated on about four Acaes. The house was used in a number of Mollywood movies. Visitors are allowed when no film is shooting. Films shot here Devasuram, Aaraam Thampuran, Rappakal, Madampi, Drona 2010, Simhasanam (2012 film), Sufi Paranja Katha (film), Jana (film) (Tamil),Thooval Kottaram, Valliettan, Kaavalan, Manthrikan... FOR MORE INFO
KALAMANDALAM The inception of Kalamandalam gave a second life to three major classical performing arts of Kerala as Kathakali, Kudiyattam and Mohiniyattam were, by the turn of the 20th century, facing the threat of extinction under various regulations of the colonial authorities. It was at this juncture, in 1927, that Vallathol Narayana Menon and Mukunda Raja came forward and formed a society called Kerala Kalamandalam. They solicited donations from the public and conducted a lottery in order to raise funds for this society. Kerala Kalamandalam was inaugurated in November 1930 at Kunnamkulam, Kakkad, and was later shifted to the village of Cheruthuruthy,... READ MORE INFO
ANANGAN MALA HILLS Anangan Mala Hills, situated at Ananganandi, near Ottapalam is ideal for adventurous rock climbing and trekking. This hills is more than 10 km. long covering 3 Panchayaths and Ottapalam municipality,Peak height is 1200 metres from ground level. Anangan mala Eco-Tourism Project (Govt.of Kerala) is in the preliminary stages of implementation. There are many other tourist attractions around this place such as Bharatha Puzha (Nila river), Kerala Kalamandalam, Ancient Tharavads(Mana), Temples etc. Malapuzha garden/dam, Nelliyampathy hill station, Silent vally National Park and Tipu Sultan's Fort are some other attractions in Palakkad district.
Karimpuzha Sree Ramaswamy Temple : The temple was owned by Kozhikode Samoodhiripad - Eralpad, the heir to become Samoodhiri, who had his "Kovilakam" in Karimpuzha. The temple has special offerings and pujas. It is believed that Rama renounced his life here in the river Karimpuzha (thus River Sarayu eventually). Rama is accompanied by Hanuman only during his last moments, which justifies the presence of Hanuman here. Later, the deity of Hanuman was placed inside the temple.