and historic Koodalmanickam Temple in Manavalassery is about nine
kilometres from Irinjalakuda Railway Station.
Koodalmanikyam Temple is the only temple in India dedicated to Bharatha, who, according to mythology, was the brother of Lord Rama.
This ancient temple with a unique deity hosts a colorful eleven-day annual festival with a display of twelve caparisoned elephants. Falling in April/May, this festival marks the end of Hindu festival season in Kerala.
Festival is held for all days in Medom (April-May) from Utram to Thiruvonam asterisms, the flag hoisting being on the Utram day. Procession accompanied by caparisoned elephants is the special features of the festival.