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Ettumanoor Festival

Ettumanoor Festival

The famous Ettumanoor Siva Temple lies 12 kms from Kottayam. This Mural- rich temple is a typical example of the superior craftsmanship and dexterity of the architects of ancient Kerala. The ten-day annual festival of this temple is celebrated in February- march. Various performing and …

Edapalli Perunnal

Edapalli Perunnal

The feast at the ancient Roman Catholic Church of Edapalli Perunnal is situated on the National Highway (NH 47) between Ernakulam and Aluva. The annual feast of this church commences on the 23rd of April and the chief ceremony is held on the 4t of …

Easter

Easter

Easter which falls in April is a major religious festival for the Christians in Kerala. This solemn celebration of the resurrection of Christ is undertaken with religious fervour by Christians of all sects. Unlike Christmas with its festive mood, Easter has a ritualistic sobriet. The …

Chettikulangara Bharani

Chettikulangara Bharani

Chettikulagara Bharanai Temple, the famous temple dedicated to the awesome Goddess Bhagavathi is about 5 kms from Kayamkulam. The important festival here occurs on the Bharani asterism in February/ March. The main rituals of the festival are the ‘Kuthiyottam’ and ‘Kettukazcha’. The ‘Kuthiyottam’ features a …

Beemapalli Chandanakudam

Beemapalli Chandanakudam

Beema Palli is a mosque situated on the coast, nearly 5 kms south of Thiruvananthapuram city. The shrine is dedicated to Beema Beevi, a pious muslim lady believed to have divine powers. The mosque is visited by devotees of all religions. The ten-day Chandanakudam Festival, …

Bakrid

Bakrid

Bakrid or Valla Perunnal also called Id Ul-Azha or the ‘festival of sacrifice’ is another Muslim festival celebrated by Shias and Sunnis alike in Kerala. Bakrid falling on the 10th of Dhul- Hajj, the last month of the lunar year (April) is celebrated to commemorate …

Anandapalli Maramadi

Anandapalli Maramadi

Anandapalli, a tiny village near Adoor in Pathanamthitta district is famous for its annual Maramadi festival, an ox race carnival, commonly held in the villages of Kerala during the harvest season (August- September). . Vast stretches of freshly ploughed paddy fields (kandams) form the stadium …

Aattukal Pongala

Aattukal Pongala

The Aattukal Bhagavathi Temple dedicated to the Goddess Bhagavathi is situated in Thiruvananthapuram city. Pongala, an exclusive festival for women, falling in February/ March, is the speciality of this temple. The name ‘Pongala’ means ‘to boil over’ and refers to the ritualistic offering of porridge …

Aarattupuzha Pooram

Aarattupuzha Pooram

The famous Ayyappa temple at Aarattupuzha is just 14 kms from Thrissur, and celebrates its annual pooram festival during March. The final pooram is conducted with sixty one caparisoned elephants bearing bright coloured umbrellas and parasols, presenting an unparalleled spectacle. The temple ensemble lends a …

Aarattu and Pallivetta

Aarattu and Pallivetta

Pallivetta (Royal Hunt) and Arattu (Holy Bath) are part of the rituals of the festivals of some of the major temples of Kerala. The speciality of the Arattu at the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram is that the head of the royal family of …

Aattachamayam

Aattachamayam

The festival of Attachamayam is held on the Atham day of the Malayalam month of Chingam (August/ September), at the historical town of Tripunithura, near Kochi. It is a celebration of a legendary victory of the Raja of Kochi. Pomp and colour mark the pageantry, …

Boat Race Festival

Boat Race Festival

Vallam Kali (or Vallamkali) literally means boat game (race) in Malayalam. It is the traditional boat race in Kerala (a state in south India).  It is mainly conducted during the season of the harvest festival Onam in Autumn. Vallam Kali include races of many kinds …