Akamala near Wadakkancherry in Thrissur is a lush green place wrapped in spirituality.
Among those rural areas that boast of captivating beauty, Akamala stands tall. A place located close to Wadakkancherry in Thrissur district, Akamla is known for its forest, temple and hills.
Akamala’s diverse landscapes enhance its beauty, especially the forest that falls under Machad range of Thrissur forest division. The ghat road that starts from the temple has giant shady trees lined up on both sides. Even during hot afternoons, the road is ideal for trekking. The Ernakulam-Shoranur rail line passes through the scenic Akamala forest. The trains passing long the semi tunnels with forest on both sides offers good photographic opportunities. Rubber plantations are the added attractions.
The Sri Dharma Sastha Temple located close to the Wadakkancherry-Shoranur Road is the prime attraction of Akamala. The temple is being surrounded by lush greenery and is open for pilgrims on early mornings and evenings. During Sabarimala pilgrim season, large number of pilgrims pay obeisance at the temple. The temple all lit up with lamps in the evenings is a beautiful sight to watch. The Sreekovil of the temple has been renovated recently adding elaborate wood work and carvings. Free food (annadanam) is offered to the pilgrims twice a day. The beautiful temple pond is an added attraction and perched n the trees on the premises are monkeys.
Brisk sales of pottery products happen on the sides of ghat road near the temple. Spicy and delicious traditional beverages are available here. Those who pass through Akamala will definitely pay a visit to this unspoiled, fresh place to get immersed in the beauty of nature.
(The writer is a lecturer at the School of Tourism Studies, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam)