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Kannur»Kottiyoor Shiva Temple

Also known as the Varanasi of the South, the Kottiyoor Shiva Temple is located in a forested area on the banks of the River Bavali. There are actually two temples here- Akkara and Ikkara, that draw pilgrims from far and wide. A 28 day festival in the months of May-June, involves a lot of rituals such as pouring ghee on a sacred sword which is brought to the temple and pouring tender coconut water.