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» People arrive in country crafts (valloms)
Location: 16 km from thiruvalla, pathanamthitta, on the
banks of river pamba
Duration: February every year
Nehru Trophy Boat Race
This is the greatest
event on the backwaters of kerala, is held on the second
saturday of august every year. Magnificent snakeboats
compete for the prized trophy which was instituted by
jawaharlal nehru, the first prime minister of india.
» Ceremonial water procession
» Spectacular water floats
» Decorated boats
» Races of smaller country crafts
» Chundanvellom race
Location: backwaters of kerala
Duration: second saturday of august every year.
Onam is the annual harvest
festival of kerala.
Highlights - » Floral decorations »
Elephant processions » Thiruvathirakali
» Classical and folk dance performances »
Classical and folk music recitals » Cultural
pageants » Water carnivals
Location: Every where in Kerala.
Duration: Celebrations are on for ten days, beginning
with the atham day of the malayalam month chingam.
the beautiful village
of Koratty, in Thrissur district, comes alive to celebrate
a feast dedicated to Virgin Mary, locally known as Koratty
Muthy. The feast, the most important event at the St.
Mary's Church here, is attended by hundreds of devotees.
Apart from the devotional rites, there is an awe-inspiring
pageantry as part of the feast
Location: Koratty, in Thrissur district
Duration: Every year, in the second week of October
Thirunelli Festival is a two-day
festival celebrated on Vishu day and its eve, in the Malayalam
month of Medam (April) is the annual festival of Sree
Thirunelli Devaswom at Thirunelli in Wayanad. Papanasini,
the holy mountain spring here believed to have the divine
power to absolve the soul of all its sins, flows near
Location: Wayanand, Shri Thirunelli Devaswom, Thirunelli
Duration: 2days in April.
Neelemperoor Pooram Padayani
is held at the precincts of the beautiful temple of Goddess
Bhagavathy at Neelemperoor near Kottayam. Padayani is
a symbolic victory march of Goddess Kaali after vanquishing
During the pooram festival, decorated motifs of Swans;both
large and small, form part of the Kettukazcha the symbolic
offering made to the Goddess. These are then carried in
a procession, on the main day of the festival in which
bigger ones are moved on platforms with wooden wheels
and smaller ones carried on the shoulders of devotees.
A unique aspect of the motif decoration here at Neelemperoor
is the sourcing of different colours. The required colours
are taken from the surroundings, in the form of leaves,
flower petals, parts of the coconut tree and other local
Location: Palli Bhagavathy Temple, Neelamperoor, Kottayam.
Highlights - » Pageant
of 30 caparisoned elephants assembled in the precincts
of the vadakumnathan
temple. » The nearby paramekavu and thiruvambadi
temples are also participants in the festival. »
Kudamattam (changing of umbralla from hands to hands)
» Chendamelain (kind of drums) » Panchavadyam
(five typical instruments played) » Spectacular
Location: This festival held at Thekinkadu Maidan at Thrissur.
Duration : Month Of May.
celebration of a legendary
victory of the Raja of Kochi. Pomp and colour mark the
pageantry, which is replete with caparisoned elephants,
varieties of folk art forms, floats and musical ensemble.
This spectacular procession marks the beginning of the
Location: Historical town of Tripunithura, near Kochi.
Duration: August / September.
The Sabarimala temple festival
of Kerala is celebrated in the honor of Lord Ayappa. Sabarimala
is a renowned pilgrimage in Kerala and is famous all over
the world. In Kerala, Sabarimala festival is attended
by thousands of devotees who cover huge distances to reach
the holy shrine. The Sabarimala temple is located atop
a rugged hill in the Western Ghats.
Location: Sabarimala temple, rugged hill in the Western
Duration: November- January.
Easter is celebrated with much
enthusiasm and joy among the Christians in Kerala. The
Christians in Kerala celebrate Easter as it is celebrated
all around the world. People recognize this day as the
day when Jesus Chris resurrected. Easter usually falls
in the month of March or April. Churches are decorated
beautifully and people go on midnight masses in large