IntroductionAuthor - K.R.Vaidyananthan
Vaikom is 33 km. south of Ernakulam and 40-km. northwest of Kottayam. It can be reached by bus or by rail. There is also the inevitable launch for those fond of cruising on the scenic backwaters (of Vembanad).
It is a quiet, unimpressive place, but it is famous for its Siva temple and for this reason acclaimed as Dakshina Kasi. Its golden tazhikakudam at the pinnacle beckons you from quite a distance. Life in this little town literally revolves round the deity. It is endearingly called Lord of Vaikom or Perumthrikovilappan or simply Vaikatnappan. His name is ever on the lips of devotees.