The Great Elephant
grand welcome in Thrissur, the procession of 101 exquisitely decked elephants
marches down the streets of Thrissur, Alappuzha and ends at Trivandrum. A display
of culture and culinary are also the distinctive features of this event. The ceremonial
feeding of elephants by visitors and riding of elephants make a delightful and
Period: 9th to 12th January - every year.
Gramam A Village Fair
back in time to an age when Kerala was still in its infancy. Visit an entire ancient
village recreated a hamlet near the enchanting beach resort of Kovalam. Observe
the traditional houses, attire, food, crafts and many more.
Period: 14th to 23rd January- every year.
means the fragrance of the night. This annual celebration is an august gathering
of the connoisseurs of find Indian classical dance forms including Bharathanatyam,
Odissi, Mohiniyattam and Kathak. Do enjoy their performance at Nishagandhi open
air auditorium at Trivandrum. Spread over 7 mesmerising evenings this festival
is grand treat for lovers of dance and tourists alike.
to 27th February- every year.
pulli inji, moru curry, payasam and lot more. These tongue twisters are actually
the mouth-watering delicacies of Kerala. The Flavuor Food Festival held in Trivandrum
gives you a rare opportunity to relish the traditional authentic cuisines of Kerala
Period: 5th to 11th April every year.
the hot months of April and May, attention shifts to Trissur for the Trissur Pooram.
The Thrissur Pooram festival is mammoth spectacle with arrays of thirty caparisoned
elephants. Bedecked with gold ornaments. Each elephant is ridden by three mahouts
holding objects symbolizing royalty. Accompanied by beats of drums and cymbals
Chenda melam the quintessentially Kerala music. The glittering umbrellas,
fire works and the rising sounds of the traditional percussion ensemble combine
in front of the vadakkunathan temple, offering a treat for the senses. Every year
lakhs of people crowd to watch this piece-de-resistance of a festival.
Period: April/May every year.
This is the most celebrated festival of Kerala. Celebrated in the month of CHINGOM,
the celebration lasts for 4 days. It is a harvest festival and has a legend associated
with it According to the legend MAHABALI, this harvest festival is celebrated
to welcome the legendary king, Mahabali. Intricate floral decorations are made
on the courtyard to welcome this king on his visit to his beloved subjects. Onam
Tourist Week presents a fascinating display of various art and dance forms at
20 venues in Trivandrum and other major districts.
Onam is Kerala's most
colorful festival. It celebrates the golden age of king Mahabali, the mythical
ruler of Kerala.
Also thousands of people gather on the banks of the River
Pamba to witness the exciting snake boat races. The festival is marked with elephant
processions, Kathakali dances, lights, new clothes, fireworks and games etc.,
authentic traditional feasts prepared for Onam are gastronomics delight.
Period: August/September every year.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race, the annual
water carnival at Punnamada Lake in Alappuzha is considered as the biggest snake
boat race in the world. The colourful boat pageantry, which precedes the boat
race, is a marvelous treat to the onlookers. Jawaharlal Nehru who was enthralled
by the charm and gaiety of the water carnival instituted the Nehru Trophy. This
boat race attracts a large number of tourists. Excitement and enthusiasm fill
the air. Magnificently decorated Chundan Vallams, with raised stems resembling
the hood of a cobra slit the calm backwaters. Powered by more than 150 singing
and shouting oarsmen. Scores of boats take part and are cheered and jeered by
thousands of enthusiastic spectators, Payippad and Aranmula villages too witness
the strength and power of oarsmen who vie for a victorious finish.
Period: Oct/December every year.
is praise of mother Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and music. A musical concert
of reputed classical singers is held every evening for nine days at Navarathri
Mandapam of Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum.
in the New Year with great festivity and cheer at the Cochin Carnival. This week-long
extravaganza presents to you colourful parades, variety programme and events to
enjoy. And of course, cherish.
Period: 25th to 31st December- every