Kalimala Durgadevi Temple, Pathukani, Kanyakumari
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
Kalimala Temple is a beautiful shrine situated on the Western Ghats, about 3000 ft above sea level, near the Kerala – Tamil Nadu border, in Tamil Nadu. It is positioned towards the eastern part of Kurisumala, on the same mountain. The word ‘Kalimala’ literally means ‘the mountain of Goddess Kali’. The temple is structurally very small but it houses a beautiful idol of Goddess Kali.
Legend / Local stories
A narrow path (about 6 km) connects the temple with the foot of the mountain. Kalimala has Kaali Theertham situated near to a place where Sage Agasthya is said to have done his holy Thapas. The Kaali Theertham which never gets dried up is considered sacred, on par with the Ganges. This water is used by thousands of women during the Pongal Mahotsavam.
Hindu devotees go to a temple there mainly during Durgashtami that is September to October for offering prayers and “Ponkala”. It’s advisable to go there during off seasons (religious) so that one can enjoy the mist and fog. The place is situated at an altitude of 3,000 ft from the sea level. The temple is deserted one and only during Durgashtami, it gets crowded. Otherwise only limited devotees go there to offer prayer.
How to Reach:
The Temple is located at about 12 Kms from Pathukani, 5 Kms from Vellarada, 5 Kms from Vellarada Bus Stand, 7 Kms from Mancode, 22 Kms from Thiruvattaru, 13 Kms from Thirparappu, 22 Kms from Kuzhithurai, 22 Kms from Marthandam, 20 Kms from Kaliyakkavilai, 18 Kms from Parassala, 46 Kms from Nagercoil, 68 Kms from Kanyakumari and 44 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Nearest Railway Station is located at Kuzhithurai and Parassala. Nearest Airport is located at Thiruvananthapuram.