Aranmula Destination Development
The Aranmula Destination development project looks at the area improvement of Parthasarathy temple surroundings to enable tourist activities with specific reforms to the river edge improvements. Aranmula is a temple village in Pathanamthitta district in the state of Kerala. It is located 15 km from Pathanamthitta town and 10 km from Chengannur town. It is famous for the tourist attraction ‘Vallam Kali’ and boat pageantry. Aranmula temple is a global heritage site enlisted by the United Nations. It is a sacred site for the Hindus and comprises the central temple of Lord Parthasarathi with a network of temples and sacred groves around. Boat race is part of the temple festival here.
The Aranmula Parthasarathi Temple is a major temple in Kerala and has a great antiquity. The Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple is one of the “DivyaDesams”, the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 poet saints.
Now, there is no permanent pavilion facility for viewing the boat race. The only existing facility is steps along the banks. Thus, there is a need of permanent pavilion and a comfort station. The river banks are to be protected using retaining walls and to be beautified using landscaping. Thus, the project consists of:
- Redesigning of the river edge from Parthasarathy temple to tourism amenity centre including construction of retaining wall, Earth filling, Pathways, and Landscaping etc.
- Construction of a permanent pavilion for viewing the Boat race
- Construction of a comfort station
- Construction of a Gateway to the Sathram site.