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Kerala is also well known for its bell metal art. Having religious and cultural roots, the bell metal is used for casting numerous mythological events such as the Tandava Dance, popularly known as the Gaja Tandava or Gajasamhara in intricate art forms. We can find these Kerala trademarks at Payannur, Tiruvananthapuram and Kasargod.
Bell metal is the alloy of tin, copper and brass. Besides making the idols of deities, it is used for making beautiful lamps and household utensils.
Mannar also has many unique religious sites. The Perumala Church Festival draws in huge crowds. The annual Vishnu festival at Panayannar Kavu Temple is another colourful event. It is famous for its Sarpa Kavu (sacred grove for serpent gods) and the mural paintings. The Thrikkuratti Mahadeva Temple regularly attracts people of all faiths and they have made offerings at its entrance for a long time. It is a fine symbol of the communal bonhomie prevalent in the place.
Nearest railway station: Chengannur, via Mavelikkara – Kozhencherry Hwy, about 10 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 122 km and Trivandrum International Airport, about 124 km