Mangala Devi Temple

The ancient temple of Mangala Devi is hidden in the dense woods at the top of a peak 1337 m above sea level. It is in the deep inside the forest of Periyar Tiger Reserve, it is about 1000 years old. This is the place, where, Kannaki, a legendary Tamil woman, betrayed all her grudge and transformed herself to be a divine lady (Mangaladevi) showering blessings upon the people on earth.

The temple is built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture. Visitors are allowed here only on the Chithra Pournami festival day held during the month of April / May. The peak commands a panoramic view of the eastern slopes of the ghats and some hill villages of Tamil Nadu.

Nearest railway station: Kottayam 107 km; Theni (Tamilnadu), about 63 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 142 km

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