The temples of Kerala are much more than places of worship. With architecture that gives us a peek in the olden times, to sculptures that give us a glimpse of the stone age era, each one of these temples have a story to tell. Ettumanoor, Vaikom Mahadeva and Thirunakkara temples are very well-known Kumarakom tourist places. All the three temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the popular Hindu deities in the South. The Ettumanoor Mahadeva temple houses a magnificent statue of Nataraja – a form of Shiva as a cosmic dancer. A lamp that is placed right in the centre of the temple and mural paintings on the wall will put you into a trance. Visit this temple in the month of February to witness the festival of the Celebration of Light, hosted in the temple for 10 days. The Vaikom Mahadeva temple is located close to Ettumanoor temple and is known for its soothing white and brown coloured architecture. The third on the list is the Thirunakkara Mahadeva temple and is every mythology lover’s paradise. The walls of the temple depict epic battles and stories from the past. Take a temple tour in Kumarakom next time you are here.