Kaduthuruthy-Thaliyil Mahadeva Kshetram ( temple ) is 15 Kms. from Ettumanur or Vaikom but lesser known to pilgrims than the other two temples. As I have mentioned earlier, visiting these triad of temples before Uccha (Noon) pooja is considered to be auspicious. This temple is situated on a small hillock and compared to the other temples, it is smaller in size. The Sivalingam here is only 3" in size, faces East and is also believed to have been installed by Khara, the demon who installed the other two Lingams in Ettumanur, and Vaikom. There are also shrines dedicated to Ettumanurappan and Vaikathappan here, in the outer prakaram. It is also said that visiting this temple is equivalent to visiting the other two temples . The beautiful greenery around, the pristine surroundings adds a certain charm to this temple.
The temple architecture is simple and I could find a lot of wooden carvings on the Vimanam above the sanctum. A fire engulfed this temple 300 years ago and the chief priest sacrificed his life in protecting the deity by embracing the Lingam . A statue of this chief priest is installed at the Northen side of the temple to commemorate the event.
How to reach: Nearest towns are Kottayam and Kochi (Ernakulam) on the main rail route between Chennai and Trivandrum . Kochi is also having an international airport and harbour.Kaduthuruthy is on the State highway connecting Kochi and Trivandrum through Kottayam and Kollam.
Accomodation is very easily available as luxury , economy and budget hotels are quite a few here.