Haripad is a town in Alappuzha District, Kerala, India, located between Alappuzha and Kollam on National Highway 47. Haripad derived its name from either Aripad (as Ari means Rice and this was the place where from the major portion of the rice for the state came), or "Harigeethapuram". Haripad is close to the Arabian Sea, and connects Mavelikkara and Thrikkunnappuzha. There are eighteen Hindu temples there and more than 30 more in the surrounding countryside.
The most famous temples are Subrahmanya Swami Temple and the Mannarasala Nagaraja Temple. The first Sri Ramakrishna Asrama in the state of Kerala was established at Pilapuzha in Haripad on 4 May 1913. It is the land of "Mayura Sandesa", the land of snake boats and the land of music, dance and drama. According to colonial Dutch Governor Gollanez the sea coast between Quilon and Purakkad which the Dutch called 'Martha" and which region was known as Karthikappally (of which Haripad was a part) consisted of two regions or nation states, Karnoppally (the present Karunagapally) and Karimpali.
The Sree Subrahmanya Swamy temple at Haripad is one among the three oldest temples of Kerala. Daily a number of devotees come to this holy shrine. It is believed that the temple was established even before the advert of ‘Kaliyuga'. It is one of the most prestigious centres of pilgrimage in South India, and is an excellent example of Southern architecture.
The famous Nagaraja temple at "Mannarasala" is situated near Haripad. Nestled in a forest glade, like most snake temples, the Mannarasala Temple has over 30,000 images of snakes along the paths and among the trees, and is the largest such temple in Kerala. Women seeking fertility come to worship here, and upon the birth of their child, they come again to hold thanksgiving ceremonies, often bringing new snake images as offerings.