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Elephant Pageants Adoor Gajamela - Adoor, Pathanamthitta is renowned for Sree Parthasarathy Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna. This is where Adoor Gaja Mela is held. It is an elephant pageant, part of 10-day annual festival with highlight being the parade comprising costumed nine elephants.

Arattupuzha Pooram - Arattupuzha Pooram is the oldest pooram festivals of Kerala and is held at Arattupuzha Temple. Evey today, 61 elephants feature in the pooram procession on the sixth day of the seven day festival. Traditional musical instruments like Panchavadyam are another attractions of the festivities. The elephants wear bright coloured umbrellas and parasols. The elephant carry the images of the deities of 41 neighbouring village temples.

Chinakkathoor Pooram - The highlight of the evening festivities is a grand procession of 33 elephants. Traditional performances of the temple orchestra and various other art forms are also performed. The Tholppavakkoothu, a ritualistic shadow puppet show, is performed at the temple premises every evening for the 17 days till the concluding day of the festival. Another beautiful sight is the procession of sixteen well-decorated models of the horses and the bulls brought ceremoniously to the temple by devotees.

Parippally Gajamela - The Paripally Gajamela takes place at the Paripally Kodimootil Sree Bhadrakaali Temple. The elephant procession takes place on the tenth day of the annual festivities at the temple. The festival is punctuated by cultural programs and culminates with the elephant pageant.

Pariyanampetta Pooram - The festival takes place at the Pariyanampetta Bhagavathy Temple, Kattukulam 40 km from Palakkad. The residing deity of the temple is Goddess Bhagavathy

The last day of the festival sees a Ceremonial procession of 21 elephants. These elephants march through the streets while thousands of people gather to watch them.

Uthralikavu Pooram - The festival is punctuated with colorful elephant processions during the day and night, with temple orchaestra. The evenings have rituals and folk art performances in the temple courtyard. On the concluding day is the spectacular all-night pooram pageant, the highlight of the festival.

Thrissur Pooram - The Thrissur Pooram is the famous Pooram festivals held at Thrissur and has been celebrated for over two centuries now. The festival entails spectacular procession of elephants and percussion performances in a continuity of 36 hours beginning at 6 am and stretching up to 12 noon the next day. This is one of the major festivals of Kerala and it attracts guests from all over and is a festival around which many inbound itineraries are setup.

Temple Festivals

Attuvela Mahotsavam - The Attuvela Mahotsavam is a water carnival. The Goddess Bhagavathy is the presiding deity in this small temple. During the two-day Attuvela, beautifully illuminated canoes, carrying a huge replica of the temple, sail down the waters accompanied by hordes of colourfully decorated small canoes and temple percussion music. The procession of canoes starts from Attuvela kadavu, 2 km away from the temple.

Chettikulangara Bharani - Chettikulangara Bharani is a festival dedicated to the Goddess Bhadrakali celebrated at the Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi temple in Alleppey district. Attraction of the festival is the procession of boys and girls dancing in a trance accompanied by the traditional drums, music and glittering ornamental parasols.

Kalpathi Ratholsavam - The weeklong annual festival of Ratholsavam (Chariot Festival) begins in the month of November, every year at the ancient Kalpathy Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva (temple dates back to 1425 A.D.) near Palakkad.

Machattu Mamangam - The festival is held at Machattu Thiruvanikavu Temple at Vadakkancherry in Thrissur district over five days. The main ritual of the celebration takes place on the last day with a heavily decorated Kuthirakolams, which are the motifs of the horses being taken out for the procession.

Nenmara Vallangi Vela - Nenmara Vallengy Vela is the annual festival at the Bhagavathy Temple at Nellikkulangara near Nenmara, on the Pooram day of the Malayalam month of Meenam (February/March). The festival begins with the ceremonial flag hoisting and concludes with 'Vela' during which elephants line up under a canopy. The Nenmara Vallangi Vela is considered next only to the Thrissur Pooram.

Thaipooya Mahotsavam - Annual Thaipooyam festival will be celebrated at Koorkenchery Sree Maheshwara Temple at 2 kms from Thrissur in January.

Thirunakkara festival - The celebrated Mahadeva Temple at Kottayam, on the Thirunakkara Hill. The temple is one of the important Shiva temples at Kottayam. The grandest festival of this temple is the "Arattu Utsavam" lasting for ten days from the 1st of Meenam (March-April).. In the fair held in connection with the Utsavam, industrial and agricultural products are exhibited and sold. The highlights of the festival are the cultural programmes and variety entertainments staged during the festive days.

Vaikathashtami Festival - Vaikathashtami Festival is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva in the form of Shivalinga, takes place during the month of November or December at Vaikom Mahadeva Temple at 50 kms from Cochin Airport.

While the deity is taken out for procession the other deities from the nearby temple also join the procession. The festival also features classical dances and cultural elements.

Onam Festival

Onam - Onam is the largest festival of Kerala around August - September for 10 days. The festival lasts for ten days and is linked to many elements of Kerala's culture and tradition. Intricate flower carpets, elaborate banquet lunch, snake boat races, Puli Kali, and the Kaikottikkali dance all play a part in the festival. The most impressive part of Onam celebration is the grand feast called Onasadya, prepared on Thiruonam. It is a nine-course meal consisting of 11 to 13 essential dishes, served on a plantain leaf.

Snake Boat Races

Aranmula Boat Race - Aranmula Vallamkali is an annual water sports meet especially for boat races held in Aranmula district. The water fiesta is organized during Onam in the month of September. This Boat race owes its origin to the Sree Parthasarathy Temple situated on the banks of the Pamba River.

The participants, who are trained to row these boats, compete not merely for winning the competition but to celebrate the anniversary of the Sri Krishna idol installation, the main diety at the Aranmula Parthasarathy temple. As according to history Lord Krishna crossed river Pamba, Lord Krishna conducts the race in the Pamba River in front of the temple to commemorate the crossing of the river.

This annual event attracts tourists from all over the world. The snake boats that participate in this colorful carnival are called Palliyodams. The structure of these boats resemble snakes and are

about 100 feet in length, with its front tapering, hood raised and the rear portion towering to a height of about 20 ft.

Champakkulam Boat Race - The Champakulam Boat Race is held to celebrate installing of the Sree Krishna idol from the Karikulam temple in Kurichi, the legend claimed was handed over to Arjuna by Lord Krishna. It was during this journey that the king made a stop over at Champakulam. The next morning saw thousands of boats assembled at the site in a riot of colors in order to honor the sacred event and to escort the idol home. The above scene is enacted in this part of the world every year and which is known as the Champakkulam Boat Race.

Nehru Trophy Boat Race - The Nehru Trophy Boat Race on the Punnamda Lake, near Alleppey, held on the second Saturday of August every year, is the most competitive and popular of the boat races, attended by about 200,000 people. The major attraction of the boat race is the competition of snake boats chundanvallams or snake boats, measuring over 100 feet in length.

Payippad Boat Race - The Payippad boat Race of Kerala is held in Payippadu near Harippad in Kerala. The boats used in this festival are termed as Snake boats as they resemble snakes having a capacity to seat about 100 persons. Apart from the boat Races, cultural and folk performances are organized in the commemoration of the installation of the idol at the Subramanyan Swamy Temple in Haripad.

Padayani

Kadammanitta Padayani - Festival of Kadammanitta Padayani pays homage to Goddess Bhagavathy and is cenebrated for 10 days around Pathanamthitta Town. The festival is also marked by the performance of the Patayani, a popular dance form, traditionally performed on the eight day of the festival.

Neelamperoor Padayani - The grand Patayani Festival is celebrated on the Pooram day in the month of Onam at Palli Bhagavathy temple, Neelamperoor in Alappuzha. As a part of the festival, there is a grand procession carrying effigies of mythological characters in the evening.

Othara Padayani - Padayani is a ritual dance performed in the temples dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy at Puthukulangara Devi Temple, Othara, 7 km from Chengannur, Pathanamthitta. Festival highlights comprise Padayani mela, a ritual art performance every night . The most imposing padayani spectacle is its enormous headgear made of 1001 painted arecanut fronds on the last day of the festival.

Theyyam s
Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam - The annual ten-day Theyyam festival held at Kuttikkol, Thampuratty Theyyam is a grand affair showcasing an array of theyyams where the colorful ritual dance of Kerala, is recognized as one of the oldest folk art forms of India.

Perumthitta Kottamkuzhy - Theyyam festival held at Perumithitta Tharavad Kottamkuzhy is a grand affair showcasing an array of theyyams where the colorful ritual dance of Kerala, is recognized as one of the oldest folk art forms of India..

Feasts

Koratty Muthy's Feast - Koratty Muthy's Feast is an event at the St. Mary's Church at Koratty, Ernakulam, the most revered Marian Pilgrim Centre in India after Velankanni.

Malayattoor Perunnal - Malayattoor Perunnal festival is held at the Church at Mallayyattoor on the first Sunday after Easter. The Church has a life-size statue of St. Thomas and the imprint of the feet of the Apostle on a rock. Malayattoor Church is one of the major churches built by St. Thomas.

Manarcad Perunnal - Manarcad Perunnal is held at St. Mary's Church at Manarcad and is an event that marks an end to 8-day fasting and prayers. The festival is celebrated every year from 1st to 8th September. During the festival devotees generally fast and stay at the church till night. The last three days of the festival are marked by colorful processions. The church has a golden cross and a holy tank, which are especially taken care of by the devotees during the festival.

Parumala Perunnal - Parumala Perunnal is an annual feast celebrated at the Parumala St. Peter's & St. Paul's Orthodox Church, at Parumala, Pathanamthitta to commemorate the death anniversary of Bishop Mar Gregorios Metropolitan, the saint of the Malankara Orthodox Church.

Other Important Festivals

Kerala Village Fair - Traditional thatched houses are decorated during this ten-day long festival and are the venue for folk dances, music and festivities.

A typical Kerala village -'gramam' is recreated replete with the traditional Nalukettu houses, 'chayakkada' local teashops etc. This fair recreates a bygone era of Kerala.

Highlight of the Evenings are the traditional dances and martial art forms of Kerala performed in the open-air auditorium of Gramam. Guests also relish traditional delicacies here. during the festival. At the Artisan's enclave, handicrafts can be purchased.

International Paragliding Festival - The International Paragliding Festival is held in Vagamon at about 100 kms from Cochin Airport. Vagamon is an idyllic hill station, which has valleys and mountains dotted with tea plantations.

Cochin Carnival - Carnival of Cochin is held in Fort Cochin between 25-31st Dec. Many competitions like Beach Bike Race, Sea Swimming, Beach Football and Beach Volleyball are held during the festival. The highlight of the Cochin Carnival is the procession on New Year's Day, led by an elephant accompanied by drums and music, floats, folk art performers and classical dancers.

 

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