Thodikkulam Temple at Kannavam

Known for its mural paintings, Thodikkulam Temple is located 2 KM from Kannavam near Kannur district. There are nearly 150 mural paintings in the temple which form the point of attraction for the tourists.

It is believed that this temple is almost 2000 years old. Its sanctum sanctorum is rectangular in shape and constructed in two – storeys. The mural paintings of the temple are based on Shaivic and Vaishnavic themes that are myths related to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu respectively. Also, these paintings portray the rural life from 16th to 18th century.

Travel Tips

Thodikkulam Temple is surrounded by lush greenery and situated away from the hectic life of the city. This is a good destination, especially for nature and art buffs. Those who would love to know more about these mural arts and traditional Indian painting styles should visit Vasthuvidya Gurukulam, a traditional school dedicated to mural paintings. This school is also a great resort for the nature lovers and offer splendid landscapes in the backdrop.

How to Reach

The visitors can reach this place either from Thalassery railway station which is almost 28 KM away from this place or from Calicut international airport. This airport is around 71 KM from the temple. The local residents of Thalassery can take and private or hired vehicle such as jeep, car, taxi, cab etc.


Here, the tourists can see variety of mural paintings, get peace in the tranquil environment, visit the nearby mural painting school, explore the lush green surroundings and discover the nearby tourist sites.

Timings & Season

The tourist can plan their trip to Thodikkulam Temple at any time or in any season of the year as per their convenience.