As R. V. Poduval in his essay, Kerala Woodcarving, describes: "The carvings in
cornices, brackets and architraves are also of a high order of excellence. What
distinguishes the woodcarvings at Ettumanur is their singularly clear-cut and beautiful
style. The artist has displayed here a fine sense of form, skill in executing the
traditional ideas, and with them a delightful free play of his fancy."
Talking of arts, the paintings on the western gopura, the main entrance to the temple is
worthy of mention. It is, as Dr. Coomaraswamy has described in his book, An Introduction
to Indian Art, the only old example of Dravidian painting. The theme in one of the
pictures, that of Siva as Nataraja, trampling under foot the spirit of evil represented by
a demon is considered a landmark in the history of the Kerala School.