Thirparappu, Sivalaya Ottam-3

Saivite Temples, Kanyakumari District


Mahadevar, facing west


Amman, facing east

Other Deities

Sastha, Naagar, Ganesha, Badrakali

Thirparappu is a large temple situated on the banks of the Kodhaiyar River. The river flows on the west, south west of the temple and the falls created by it is just below this beautiful temple. The Thirparappu falls is a famous tourist attraction here. The temple has 2 Prakarams, the outer one being large and spacious. There are four gateways on the four sides, but only the north and west are functional. The northern gate leads down to the river and a Mantapa used for bathing the processional deities. The shrines in the outer Prakaram look newly constructed. The temple is in Kerala style with lamps lining the face of the inner Prakram on all sides, circular Sanctum Sanctorum, tiled constructions and paved paths for circumambulation.

Holy Water (Theertham) – Kodhayar River

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – No information


Thirparappu is an ancient temple served by the Ay Kings who ruled these parts till 10th Century CE. A copper plate inscription found here confirms this information.


Thirparappu is the third temple where Bhima dropped the Rudraksha seed to slow down the creature chasing him when he was on a mission to procure its milk for a Yaga.


Thirparappu is 16 kilometers north east of Marthandam, 7 kilometers north west of Kulasekaram and can be reached from both towns. If you are going by bus then going via Kulasekaram is the best option.

Stay and Food

None locally. Closest place for food is Kulasekaram and Marthandam, stay is Nagercoil.

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