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Perunal Manarkad

Perunal Manarkad

Situated at Manarkad near Kottayam, this church consecrated to St. Mary is an outstanding Syrian Jacobite Shrine. The most important festival here is the eight-day ritual fast popularly known as ‘Ettu Nompu Perunnal’. A major chunk of the participants in the fast are women. The …

Madhura Manantheshwara

Madhura Manantheshwara

The five day annual festival at Sree Manantheswara Vinayaka temple at Madhur in Kasargod is a colorful event. On the fourth day, the image of the deity (Thidampu) is taken out in a long procession. The presentation of various folk arts and ‘Yakshagana’, the dance-drama …

Kottangulangara Chamayavilakku

Kottangulangara Chamayavilakku

Kottankulangara Chamayavillanku is a unique festival, which is held at the Kottankulangara temple in Chavara, near Kollam, where hundreds of sturdy men dress up as comely females. This is an offering to the goddess Bhagavathy, the deity of the temple. In this unique ritual called …

Kodungaloor Bharani

Kodungaloor Bharani

Kodungalloor, 50 kms north of Kochi, was the ancient port town of Muziris or Crangannore. Goddess Bhagavathi is the presiding deity of the ancient temple here. The Bharani Festival, which falls in the Malayalam month of Meenam (March/ April) attracts the largest congregation of ‘Velichappadu’ …

Kadammanitta Patayani

Kadammanitta Patayani

Kadammanitta, a village 8 kms away from Pathanamthitta is famous for its annual Patayani festival held in the premises of the Devi temple. Patayani, a ritual art form is an offering to the mother Goddess. . This festival is conducted every year from the first …

Indira Gandhi Boat Race

Indira Gandhi Boat Race

Indira Gandhi Boat Race is a grand fest on the rolling backwaters of Kochi. Conducted in the last week of December, it is a fitting finale to the Tourism Fair, which attracts travellers from all parts of the globe. The sixteen majestic snake boats racing …

Elamkavu Attuvela

Elamkavu Attuvela

The goddess Bhagavathy is the presiding deity of the small temple of Elamkavu Attuvela, situated 3 kms from Vaikom on the banks of river Vadayar. The temple boasts of two festivals, namely, the flag hoisting festival, lasting for eight days (February 19- 26), and the …

Vishu

Vishu

Falls on the first day of Malayalam month Medam (April), which is the astronomical New Year Day when the sun crosses the equator. Through Vishu is identified with the Hindus religious beliefs, it is not in any way a religious festival. As per popular belief, …

Uthralikavu Pooram

Uthralikavu Pooram

One of the most famous festivals of central Kerala, Uthralikavu Pooram is celebrated in the Malayalam month ‘Kumbham’ (February/ March). On the eighth day of the utsavam at Rudhira Mahakaali kavu Temple (Uthralikavu), twenty one caparisoned tuskers line-up with colorful parasols atop them in the …

Thirunakara Festval

Thirunakara Festval

The Thirunakara Temple situated in the heart of Kottayam and dedicated to Lord Siva is also famous for the grandeur of its traditional architecture. The annual festival of this temple falls in the months of March-April, when folk arts like “Mayilattam’ and ‘Velakali’ are presented …

Sabarimala Festival

Sabarimala Festival

The Sabarimala Temple festival is celebrated in honour of Lord Ayyapa who is revered by all in India. Sabarimala is a renowned pilgrim centre atop the rugged hills of the Western Ghats. This holy shrine is dedicated to Lord Ayappa. The main pilgrimage is undertaken …

Parassinikkadavu Festival

Parassinikkadavu Festival

Parassini Madappura is perhaps the only shrine in Kerala to celebrate a festival round the year. The ‘Utsavam’, the festival begins in December. ‘Theyyam’, the ritual offering here is performed every morning and evening by the priest who is called ‘Madayan’. Located on the banks …