The Southern State of Kerala has much to offer in terms of its hoary temple tradition. Kerala temple architecture is unique, and it is in harmony with the natural resources and the climatic conditions of the region. Elephants are an integral part of several of the festivities. A colorful calendar of festivals and strict worship protocols are associated with the hundreds of temples that line the landscape of Kerala.
It is said that Kerala was created by Lord Parasuram, one of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. He threw his battle ax into the sea and the sea receded up to the point where the ax fell, creating the landmass of Kerala. Bali Maharaja is said to have ruled here before Vamana banished him to the lower worlds. Most important temples in Kerala is Guruvayur Temple and Padmanabhaswami Temple.