Kaladi in Kerala, the sacred birthplace of Adi Sankaracharya, the founder of the Advaita philosophy is a revered place visited by a large number of pilgrims. It is a small typical Kerala village located near the Kochi city. It has a story to tell. Once the widowed mother of young Sankara was on her way to the river Poorna, she fainted suddenly. Due to the pathetic condition of her mother Sankara prayed to Lord Krishna. Krishna paved a way wishing to originate the river at the point of feet where Sankara stood. Hence it is known as Kaladi and the pilgrims visit this holy spot to view its shrines. It is seen here now the unusual turn of the river towards Sringeri Mutt.
Kaladi is now included in the pilgrimage tour to Kerala due to the devotee’s fondness to this holy place. Kaladi now houses temples dedicated to Sri Sankara, Sarada Devi, and Sri Krishna.
Seasonal timings :
The monsoon here starts in June and continues till August; one should avoid the monsoon due to torrential rains. The time period between October to February is considered as the best time to visit Kaladi due to the pleasant weather.
How to Reach :
One can easily reach this pilgrimage spot from Kochi International Airport which is just 6 kilometers away from Kaladi.
Kochi is well-linked to all major cities and towns of kerala; hence Kaladi is easily accessible from any place of Kerala
The Angamaly Railway Station which has linking trains to Kochi and Thrissur frequently is just 10 kilometers from Kaladi.