Kalady (10 Km) and Angamaly are the nearest towns. Those coming from Kottayam take the direction from Kalady to Malayattoor. Those who come from Thrissur side eyther can take a division from Angamaly to Kurishumudy through Thuravoor and Manjapara or go to Kalady and to malayattoor. Kalady is a village located east of the Periyar river, in the Ernakulam district of Kerala, India. Kalady temple is a famous pilgrimate centre in Kerala. Kalady (literally means feet), situated majestically on the banks of the river Periyar, is a popular Hindu religious destination in Kerala.
Famed as the birth place of Adi Sankara, the founder of the Advaita order, Kalady was his birth place. Born into a Brahmin family in the 8th century, Sringeri Mutt located located here is a must see place among Hindu pilgrims. At Kalady Kerala, there are two shrines dedicated to the memory of the Adi Sankaracharya. While one shrine is dedicated to him as Dakshinamoorthi, the other shrine is dedicated to Goddess Sharada and is looked after by the Sringeri Mutt.
The Sringeri Mutt is believed to be situated exactly at the same place where Adi Shankaracharya house once stood. To the left of the entrance of the temple is a black pole, which was meant to mark the exact spot where Adi Sankaracharya was born.