Jain Pilgrimage Tour of Kerala


Jain temples abound all over India but the temples in Kerala are simply praiseworthy. Its detailed architecture and carvings are constructed in the traditional style making it a worthy pilgrimage site to visit. Jainism is one of the oldest religions in India and today you can see many Jain temples around the southern state. Despite, the decline of Jainism in Kerala after the resurgence of Saivite and Vaishnavite movement in eight-century, you can still see many devotees visiting the temples from all over India even today.

1. Anantnath Swami Jain Temple

Anantnath Swami Temple is a famous Jain temple located in Kalpetta, Kerala. This serene destination is dotted with beautiful tea gardens and lush environs making it an upbeat tourist place along with a Jain pilgrimage site. The temple is dedicated to Lord Anantanatha who was the 14th Jain Tirthankara. Inside this Jain shrine is an imposing deity of Lord Anantnath which is the major attraction here. This Dravidian style temple is adorned by a series of large carved pillars. Also known as the Puliyarmala Jain Temple, this holy Jain shrine has sculpted panels in the shape of pyramid and a carved statue of Lord Mahavir at the front door. Anantnath Swami Temple also contains the largest brass idol and a Swastika painted on the wall.

2. Bathery Jain Temple

Built with massive granite pillars with beautiful carvings, this Jain temple is known for its amazing architecture and charming sculptures. Although this temple is almost plain at the exteriors, it has a detached pillared Mandapam without the roof on the front area called Namaskara mandapam. Pilgrims can see small statues of the Tirthankaras of Jain community and sacred Jain figures at the Mahamandapam and Sanctum of the temple.

You can see amazing floral motifs at the lower area of the doorway of this shrine. Kozhikode is the nearest railway station to this Jain temple which is around 97 kilometers away from Sulthan Bathery. Kozhikode International Airport is almost 120 kilometers from this pilgrimage center.

3. Dharmanath Jain Temple

The famous temple in Mattancherry, Kerala is a renowned Jain temple. Dharmanath is a sacred shrine for the Jain community and it features different artworks, sculptures, and idols of Jain Gods. The temple is deeply inspired by the Jain temples of Gujarat and is beautifully tiled by white marbles and other carved structures inside the temple. Dharmanath Jain Temple built in 1960 serves as a tourist place and it is opened to all community. The temple has several blocks designed for prayers and offerings. Dharmanath Jain Temple is dedicated to the 5th Jain Tirthankar, Shri Dharmanath.

4. Jainimedu Jain Temple

Jainimedu Jain Temple is a popular Jain temple in Palakkad, Kerala. This holy shrine is devoted to Chandraprabha, the Tirthankar of the Jain faith. One of the most visited pilgrimage sites contains the images of Jain Tirthankaras and Yakshinis in this 32 feet long and 20 feet wide temple. Jainimedu Jain Temple is a 15th-century Jain temple which was built by two merchants hailing from Karnataka. The architecture of the shrine has granite walls and it is carved by the idols of Chandranthan, Vijayalakshmi, Jwalamohini, Rish Abha Natha, Parswa Nathan and Padmavathi. The name behind the templw however was given by the Shettys who were the first Jains living in Kerala.

There were more than 400 Jain families lived in Palakkad but only a few families of this community are staying here today. The famous Malayalam poet, Kumaranasan wrote his classic poem, Veenapoovu (The fallen flower) at one of the Jain houses in this area. The temple is only 2 kilometers away from the Palakkad railway station. The nearest airport to this Jain temple is Coimbatore International Airport in Tamil Nadu which is approximately 70 kilometers away from this shrine. Enjoy your holiday at the

5. Sree Jain Shwethambar

This popular holy shrine is located in Alleppey and it is positioned in the centre most of Alleppey town. Sree Jain Shwethambar Temple gives an aura making it a must visit place to visit during your pilgrimage tour. The holy temple is decorated using white marbles bought from Rajasthan. It gives a very fresh and classy appeal to the temple without losing its religious importance. This temple is perhaps the only temple that is built without the use of a dome or an iron for support. Sree Jain Shwethambar Temple displays many carvings and figures carved from single marble pieces. Despite the fact that, all Jain temples have their own architectural style, this temple has highly adopted or taken inspirations taken from other architectural styles of temples.

  • Emergency evacuations/Rescue expenses, if required.
  • 16 days accommodation
  • Any extra nights stayed due to bad weather, early arrivals, etc.
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Travel & Medical Insurance Permissions and other official formalities

You are advised to own a small waist pouch or document bag to manage the following documents properly;

  • Passport with Photo copies, Photographs, Identity card, Diary for addresses, contacts, small notes etc.
  • Ball pens with spare refills Maps/Charts/Books etc.
  • Travel Cheques, credit cards & Currency.
  • Airline/Railway tickets/vouchers.
  • Any other document for personal purposes.
Common Items
  • Big bag for putting your equipment and others
  • A small light trek bag
  • Water bottle / Thermos flask for hot water (1 liter).
  • Toileteries kit (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toilet rolls, towels etc).
  • Sun screen lotion/cream
  • facial tissues, wet once