the mythical founder of Kerala, is said to have built a temple here
dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The twelve-day festival of the temple falls in November -December, and is celebrated with classical dance and music performances.
Also famous is the 'Kshetra Kalapeedhom', a school devoted to temple arts.
Another temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya at Udayanapuram, 3 kms from Vaikom, also figures prominently for its woodcarvings, stone sculptures and murals.