Kalady is a significant pilgrimage town located in the Ernakulam district of the state of Kerala, India. It holds immense religious importance as it is believed to be the birthplace of Adi Shankaracharya, a renowned Indian philosopher and theologian who lived in the 8th century CE. Adi Shankaracharya was instrumental in reviving and consolidating the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta, which is a major school of Hindu philosophy.

The town of Kalady is situated on the banks of the Periyar River, approximately 45 kilometers (28 miles) northeast of Kochi, the commercial capital of Kerala. It is a serene and picturesque place, drawing pilgrims and tourists alike.

The major attractions in Kalady include:

Adi Shankara Keerthi Sthamba Mandapam: This is a memorial dedicated to Adi Shankaracharya, built using traditional Kerala architecture. It houses a statue of Adi Shankaracharya.

Sree Ramakrishna Advaita Ashram: Established by the Ramakrishna Order, this ashram is dedicated to the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda.

Kapilatheertham: A sacred spot on the banks of the river Periyar, believed to be the spot where Adi Shankaracharya’s mother took her daily bath.

Crocodile Ghat: This is another spot along the river Periyar where one can spot crocodiles.

Manickamangalam Karthyayani Temple: A notable temple dedicated to the goddess Karthyayani.

Mattoor Thiru Vellamanthuruthy Shiva Temple: An ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Kalady attracts pilgrims and spiritual seekers from across India and the world, who come to pay their respects and seek blessings. The serene environment, religious ambiance, and cultural heritage make Kalady a must-visit destination for those interested in spirituality and philosophy, as well as for anyone looking to explore the cultural richness of Kerala.

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