Kerala temples are built using materials like stone, brick, laterite and wood. The primary deities worshipped in Kerala are Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Bhagavati,Lord Ayyappa and Lord Ganapathi. The architectural elements of the the temples of Kerala include "Sree kovil" (garbhagriha), gopurams, namaskara mandapams, dwaja stambham, prakarams and Kuttambalam (theatre hall).
A generous use of murals is used for decoration purpose in Kerala temples. Most of the temples will have a temple pond called "ambala kulam" in the temple premises.
Non-Hindus are not permitted to enter some of the temples, like Guruvayur Srikrishna Temple. Photography is also restricted. They can see the temple only from outside.
It is mandatory in all the temples that the visitors must remove their footwear before entering the temple.
Some of the Popular Temples of Kerala
Guruvayur Srikrishna Temple
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Sri Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple
Sri Kadampuzha Bhagavathi Temple
Chottanikkara Devi Temple
Kalpathy Agraharam temple
Attukal Bhagavathi Temple
Dakshina Mookambika Temple, Paravur