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Located 75 km from Palakkad, Thrithala is known for its monuments and historic ruins. The Siva Temple and the ruins of a mud fort near Thrithala on the Chalissery Road are some notable monuments. The Kattilmadam Temple, a small granite Buddhist monument on the Pattambi-Guruvayoor road, is of great archaeological significance. It is believed be built in the 9th/10th century AD. The Paakkanaar memorial, honouring the Pariah saint, stands near Thrithala-Koottanad road. This is also the native place of the renowned writer and social reformer VT Bhattathirippad.