May 11, 2014

Rama Swami Temple - Pappankulam

Site Name: Rama Swami Temple
Site Type: Hindu temple
Location:  Pappankulam, near Kadayam village, near Ambasamudram town, near Tirunelveli city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: An ancient unknown temple with beautiful stucco images of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana
Nearest Railway Station: Ambasamudram
Nearest Airport: Tirunelveli
How to reach: Well connected by road from Ambasamudram; public transportation is not dependable
Hotel: Few options in Ambasamduram and no option in this village; more options in the nearby city Tirunelveli
Restaurants: Only few options in the nearby Ambasamudram town

Ambasamudram is a picturesque town located on the banks of the beautiful Tamrabharani river and on the foothills of the Western Ghats. The nearest city of Ambasamudram is Tirunelveli. It is located in Tamil Nadu state in South India.The town has a lot of scenic spots and temples. Kadayam is a small village located at a distance of around 19 kms from Ambasamudram. Near Kadayam, there is a small village called Pappankulam. The village has an old temple called as Rama Swami Temple. The deities of the temple are very beautiful. Let us explore in more detail about this little known temple.

Rama Swami temple is very old temple. It does not have tower; however, it has all other typical temple features such as flag staff, bali peeth etc.

The front side mandapa (hall) is long and broad and is full of pillars with different statues like Yazhis, Vanaras (monkeys) etc. All the images are stucco images and they are painted in vivid colors.

The main shrine has very attractive and colorful stucco images of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita. Rama is in green color whereas Sita is in slightly yellowish color.

Garuda who faces the main shrine is also a stucco image.

There is a separate shrine for Hanuman (again a stucco image) where the small stone idols of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana are also located.

It's a small but beautiful temple.

Happy travelling.


  1. Thanks for posting this detail. My paternal home town is Papankulam. Never thought anybody would blog about it. Thank you Indiancolumbus