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Oachirakkali

Oachirakkali

The Oachira Temple is the venue of the famous Oachirakkali (Oachira dance) held in June, a sort of ancient choreographed mock battle. Unlike other temples, there is no shrine or idol at the oachira temple, located nearly 32 kms from Kollam. The principal deity is …

Nehru Trophy Boat Race

Nehru Trophy Boat Race

Nehru Trophy Boat Race is the most famous of the boat races of Kerala. This annual regatta is held on the Punnamada Backwaters of Alappuzha district on the second Saturday of August. The event is a commemoration of the visit to this place by the …

Maramon Convensio

This Christian Convention is held each year in February on the sprawling sand banks of the river Pamba, 16 kms east of Thiruvalla town. Believed to be the largest Christian gathering in Asia, it is attended by devotees from all over India. Religious discourses, singing …

Malayatoor Perunal

Malayatoor Perunal

The feast or the ‘Perunnal’ at the famous Catholic Church at Malayatoor is celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, in the months of March/April. Atop the 2000 feet high Malayatoor Hill, about 52 kms from Kochi, the church is dedicated to St. Thomas. It is …

Macchattu Vela

Macchattu Vela

‘Machattuvela’ also known as ‘Machattu Mamangam’, is celebrated with great pomp, pageantry and splendour on the last day of the five-day annual festival at Machattu Thiruvanikavu Temple near Vadakkancherry, Thrissur. Devotees bring richly decorated Kuthirakolams (motifs of horses) in ceremonial processions, as offering to the …

Konganpada

Konganpada is a festival combining religious beliefs with history, celebrated at the Bhagavathy temple at Chittoor, 11 kms from Palakkad town. The festival celebrates the historic victory of the Chittoor Nairs over the Militia of Konganadu. The 3rd day features 101 rounds of the ceremonial …

Kanjiramattom Festival

Kanjiramattom Festival

The festival of ‘Kodikuthu’ is celebrated on the 14th of January each year, in Kanjiramattom Mosque, 25 kms from Ernakulam. The mosque is believed to have been built as a memorial to Sheikh Faridudddin. During the “Chandanakkudam” ritual at night, pilgrims carrying pots covered with …

Jewish Festival

Jewish Festival

The Jews of Kerala are believed to have migrated to this place in the first century following the destruction of the second temple of Jerusalem in 72 AD. The Jewish community in Kerala settled mainly in and around Mattancherry, Kochi. The Passover Festival to commemorate …

Flavour Food Festival

Flavour Food Festival

Flavour, the exotic food festival provides a rare opportunity to the gourmets to taste the traditional, authentic Cuisine of Kerala and India. The national food festival is held in Thiruvananthapuram from 5th to the 11th of April, every year. Renowned hotels from across Kerala participate …

Edathua Perunal

Edathua Perunal

Situated on the banks of the Pamba river, this massive shrine at Edathua- 23 kms south-east of Alappuzha, resembles the churches of medieval Europe. The annual feast here starts on the 27th of April with the hoisting of the flag and concludes on the 7th …

Cochin Carnival

Cochin Carnival

Cochin Carnival is a merry making feast observed during the last week of every year in Fort Kochi in Kerala. The carnival dates back to the Portuguese New Year revelry held here during the colonial days. It has evolved as an occasion for the youth …

Vettukad Perunal

Vettukad Perunal

The Madre De Teus Church, popularly known as Vettukadu church, is situated around 7 kms from Thiruvananthapuram. The annual festival of the church is celebrated over the ten days culminating in the last Sunday of the laturgical year. Various religious rites are carried out during …