Lord Sri Krishna

Temple History

Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple is a famous temple located 14 km from Alappuzha(Alleppey) of Kerala on the NH 47.

The idol resembles Parthasarthy (the form that Shree Krishna took during Mahabharata) has a Shankh (sacred conch) in the left hand and a whip in the right. It is believed that the idol of Sree Krishna of Guruvayoor Temple was brought here for safekeeping during the raids of Tipu Sultan in 1789. Lord Krishna is popularly known here as Unnikannan (child Krishna).

It is believed that the temple was built somewhere between 15th and 17th century AD by the King Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal-Devanarayanan Thampuran. The inner walls of the temple are adorned with the paintings of Dasavatharam, the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu.

It is believed that one day Pooradam Thirunal Thampuran and Saint Vilwamangalam Swamiyar was traveling along the backwaters and heard melodious sound from a flute. Vilwamangalam Swamiyar, an ardent devotee of Krishna, had a vision of Lord Krishna playing flute on a Peepul tree. Feeling the presence of God, Thampuran decided to build a temple at this place.

The temple is also famous for its unique prasadam, the delicious Ambalapuzha Palpayasam – a sweet porridge made of rice, milk, and sugar.
It is believed that the Lord himself comes here to enjoy this tasty Prasad. An important Vaishanava temple of Kerala, it is also famed as Dwaraka of the South.

Temple architecture, natural beauty and spiritual ambiance of the temple, rich historical legacy and getting loomed into the local folklore of the region is what the temple tour is all about. Ambalapuzha Arattu is the main festival celebrated at the temple. Ambalapuzha Moolakazhcha is another important ritual held here. Champakulam Boat Race is held on the Prathista day (idol installation day) of Ambalapuzha Sreekrishnan idol in the temple.


Additional Information

Hotels and lodges are available at Alappuzha city.

Ambalapuzha Temple is situated around located 14 km from Alappuzha (Alleppey). Frequent buses are available on the Alappuzha - Ambalapuzha route.

Alappuzha Railway Station is the nearest railway station which is just 1.3 km from the temple.

Trivandrum International Airport is 137 km..
  • Morning 3:00 AM to 12:00 PM Evening 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Contact Person: Temple Office
  • Contact Number: (+91)0477 227 2090