Valliyoorkavu Bhagavathi Temple is a spiritual destination situated at Wayanad. Valliyoorkavu Bhagavathi Temple is a Wayanad temple located at eight kilometer distance from Mananthavady. The principal deity of this temple is mother goddess Durga. Three principal forms of the principal deity are Bhadrakali, Vana Durga, and Jala Durga.The temple is situated near the bank of the river Kabani. The vast green ground on either side of the main road nearby the temple and the Kabani river adds to the exotic beauty of the location, and is the perfect stage for the big festival of Wayanad.The Valliyoorkavu starts on the 1st of ‘Meenam’ month and ends on 14th of Meenam month. This time spans around 14th March to 28th March according to the Gregorian calendar.
In the older eras; slaves were exchanged by landlords during this festival, and the slave exchange was one of the main event of the festival, even though the slaves were given a very little freedom to celebrate the festival. Almost all of the slaves belonged to the different tribes in Wayanad and the near by locations.When slavery saw its sunset and freedom became reality, the mode of the festival changed a lot. At present, Valliyoorkavu or ‘Kavu’ as people in Wayanad call the festival is the main yearly event of various tribes in Wayanad. To make the festival more colorful, Wayanad exhibition & trade fair is conducted along with the festival. When the consumerism changed the face of the festival, the importance of the role of tribal people in the festival started diminishing. Then also we can see a great lot difference in the way the tribes of Wayanad celebrate this festival when compared to others.
Kalamezhuthu, which is a traditional sacrament, is performed during the nights of Valliyoorkavu Festival. On the last day of the festival we can enjoy varieties of folk art forms of Kerala. By watching this you can understand the dances performed by the tribesmen. The musical instruments like percussion instruments are used during this festival. This vivid festival of Kerala displays different dance and art forms of native Kerala. Valliyoorkavu Bhagavathi temple is a must see for Wayanad tourists. If you are visiting Wayanad during March or April make it a point to participate in the grand Valliyoorkavu festival and enjoy a great visual and audio experience.