Sarkara Devi Temple
Location in Kerala, India
|• Type||Panchayati raj (India)|
|• Body||Gram panchayat|
|• Total||15 km2 (6 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,700/km2 (6,900/sq mi)|
|• Official||Malayalam, English|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|ISO 3166 code||IN-KL|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Attingal|
The Sarkara Devi Temple is situated at Chirayinkeezhu (Chirayinkil). The temple is noted for the Kaliyoot Festival, which takes place in the Malayalam month of kumbham (March) and the Meena Bharani Festival celebrated for 10 days in the Malayalam month of meenam (March/April).
The well known Anjengo Fort (Anchutengu kotta) is on the way from Chirayinkil to Varkala via Kadakkavoor. Old Portuguese-style churches, the lighthouse, a 100-year-old convent and school, tombs of Dutch and British sailors and soldiers, and the remains of the fort are major points of interest here. Anchuthengu has a beautiful and clean beach. Kaikara village, the birthplace of the famous Malayalam poet Kumaran Asan, is located nearby. In the past, post arrived through the Trivandrum-Cochin Canal at Anchal Kadavu to Pulimootil Kadavu Post Office.
Chirayinkeezhu is located 28 kilometres (17 mi) north of Kerala's capital city Thiruvananthapuram. The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. Chirayinkeezhu railway station is the nearest railway station. The village is 28 kilometres (17 mi) from Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station and 37 kilometres (23 mi) from Kollam Junction railway station. There are frequent regular private bus services connecting with Attingal, Kadakkavur and Varkala. Kerala Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates daily bus services from Thiruvananthapuram, Perumathura and Pothencode amongst others.
Six express trains and all passing passenger trains stop at Chirayinkil railway station. It is on the Thriuvananthapuram-Kollam rail route. The Malabar Express, Guruvayoor-Chennai Egmore Express, Vanchinad Express, Venad Express and Thiruvananthapuram-Kannur Express all pass through this station. Traveling south, Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station is the nearest major railhead. To the north, Kollam Junction railway station is the nearest main station.