Vettakkorumakan Temple in Nilambur

Malabar region presents a unique combination of both being a natural heritage owing to its demographics and an important pilgrim center, which houses many ancient temples.

Vettakkorumakan Temple in Malappuram

The Vettakkorumakan Temple in Nilambur district of Kerala is another ancient temple which adds to the pilgrim history of Kerala; it makes a perfect tourist spot for all the historians and people having interest in the ancient tradition of India, along with the devotees.

The Vettakkorumakan Temple stands nearby the Nilambur Bus Stand, which lies on the western bank of Chaliyar River.

History of Vettakkorumakan Temple in Nilambur

The Vettakkorumakan Temple is believed to come into existence during the 18th Century.
The Malabar Rebellion of 1921 caused damage to the temple. Currently, the activities of the temple are taken care of by the Nilambur Kovilakam (the Nilambur Royal Family).

The Prank Boy

Before you visit the Vettakkorumakan Temple, it is important for you to know about the Vettakkoru Makan, the primary deity worshipped here.

Primary Deity at Vettakkorumakan Temple in MalappuramVettakkoru Makan is a primary Hindu deity in the northern parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, also known as Kiratha-Sunu (or the son of Kirata, the tribal incarnation of Lord Shiva).

Literally meaning, Son for Hunting, was born to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, when they took the incarnation of Kirata and Vanadevi, to bless Arjuna with the divine weapon, Pasupathasthra.

The son was known for playing pranks which also disturbed all the gods. Taking heed of the request of the gods, Lord Vishnu presented the boy with Churika, and gave him the task of protecting innocent people without being biased.

From then on, Vettakkoru Makan is believed to take care of everyone in and around the place, hence, you will find many Vettakkoru Makan temples in the Malabar region, the one in Nilambur being the most esteemed among them.

The Shiva family

The prankster son of the Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is the prime deity in the Vettakkorumakan Temple. Other deities include the other members of the Shiva-Parvati family – Lord Ganapati, Lord Naga and Goddess Bhagavathy.

Festivals at Vettakkorumakan Temple

The annual festival of the Vettakkorumakan Temple is known by the name of Nilambur Pattu Ulsavam. The festival is celebrated in the month of Dhanu (January) of the Malayalam calendar.

Pattu meaning “songs praising the God” sung by the tribal community of Kurup or Kuruppanmar.
The celebration continues for 6 days marked by singing hymns in the praising the God, by The Royal Family along with the tribals of Nilambur.

Worship Timing

You can visit the Vettakkorumakan Temple for worship during 5 am to 9 am and from 5 pm to 7.30 pm.

Address: Nilambur Kovilakam, Nilambur, Kerala 679329

How to Reach Vettakkorumakan Temple in Nilambur

Nearest railway station: Nilambur Railway Station is the nearest at about 5 km which makes a journey of 10 min.

From the railway station, head in the north-east direction on the Railway Station road towards the Perumbilavu-Perinthalmanna-Nilambur road. Take a right onto the Perumbilavu-Perinthalmanna-Nilambur road. As you pass by the Joint Road Transport Office on the right, take a left at Bhoj Petrols onto the Kozhikode-Nilambur-Gudalur road/ Valanchery-Nilambur road. Continue along the GMLP School on the right, and then turn right at the Maharani Gold Park onto the Kovilakam road. Take the second right onto the Theekadi road, and you will find the Vettakkorumakan Temple on the left.

Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode is the nearest at 45 km distance, and the journey takes approximately 60 min.


Nilambur provides various accommodations for tourists in the form of hotels, resorts, Ayurvedic resorts, tourist homes and home stay.

KTDC Tamarind Nilambur
Kozhikode-Nilambur-Gudalur Road
Nilambur, Kerala 679329
Tariff: 1350 INR onwards
Phone: (04931) 232000

The Eadens Hermitage
Mundukottackal Gardens
Main Road, Nilambur
Malappuram, Kerala 679329
Tariff: 2900 INR onwards
Phone: (04931) 220208, (+91) 9496928191, (+91) 9446420208

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