Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple is an ancient temple built long back in the 8th century A.D. As the name indicates the temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The ambiance of the temple gives us a traditional look that will take us back to our olden days. The temple is famous for the rice pudding called “Pal Payasam”. Devotees from all over the world reach here to worship and get blessings along with having the delicious payasam.
It is believed that the main idol was brought here from the Guruvayur temple during the raids of Tipu Sultan in 1789 for safekeeping and it stayed here ever since. The temple also has a majestic collection of paintings depicting the ten avatars (Dasavatar) of Lord Vishnu which add to the all-around rich cultural ambiance of the place. A musical instrument called ‘Mizhavu’ is displayed at the entrance of the temple. The idol here is found with a Whip in the right hand and a Shankhu in the left. It is believed that Kunjan Nambiar was the artist who gave birth to the unique art form of this temple.
Amabalapuzha Temple Festival, known as the Champakkulam Moolam Water Festival is celebrated in remembrance of the installation of the idol of Lord Krishna in the temple.