The Aaranmula Boat Race is staged each year in the scenic village
of Aaranmula in August/ September. This river carnival is part of
the Aaranmula Temple festival. Masses throng the shores of the River
Pamba to watch an imposing cluster of snake boats called 'Palliyodams'.
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.
Muharram is the opening month of the Hijra year. The 10th day of this
month (May) is honoured by the Muslims of Kerala. As per belief, it
was on this day that the Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed,
and his men were slain at Karbala.
Onam, the harvest festival is the most popular festival of Kerala.
A festival that celebrates a happy blend of myth and reality, Onam
is part of the cultural repertoire of every Malayalee.
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 between November
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.
Malabar Mahotsavam is a cultural extravaganza that showcases the centuries
old rich cultural heritage of Kerala. The event is at Mananchira maidan
(ground) in the heart of Kozhikode town from 13th to 16th January
Swathi festival is a gala event of music organised by the Government
of Kerala every year in the last week of January. The venue is the
famous Kuthiramalika Palace. Thiruvananthapuram, where once upon a
time the great poet-king of Travancore, Sri Swathi Thirunal, composed
many of his verses.
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 erstwhile Travancore still
provides escort to the procession of idols. The two annual ten-day
festivals of the temple fall in October- November and March- April.
Jagannatha Festival is a colourful eight-day festival, which is held
in the Malayalam month of Kumbham (February/ March) at the Jagannatha
Temple at Madathiparambu, near Thalassery in Kannur.
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.
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 Thirunakara Temple situated in the heart of Kottayam and dedicated
to Lord Siva is also famous for the grandeur of its traditional architecture.
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 the festival days.
Gandhi Dance Festival
Every year, from February 21st to 27th renowned classical dancers
perform at the Nisangandhi, an open air theatre in Thiruvananthapuram
city. Classical dances of almost all the states of India are staged
during the festival. Mohiniyattam (Kerala), Bharatha Natyam (Tamil
Nadu), Kutchippudi (Andhra Pradesh), Odissi (Orissa), Manipuri (Manipur)
and Kathak (a north Indian Classical Dance) are the major dances performed.
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.
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 abstinence period of 50 days preceding Easter known as
'Lent', the Pal Sunday celebrations, the Holy Week comprising Maundy
Thursday, good Friday and Easter, are all part of the celebrations.
Honeymoon Tour Packages
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in India. Our effort is to bring you face to face with the adoring
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Kettuvallams, the stitched boats are the traditional
house boats of Kerala. They provide the best way to experience
the colourful backwaters of Kerala. The Kettuvalloms of
Kerala are giant country crafts, measuring up to 80 feet
in length. The traditional house boat, the indispensable
part of the picturesque backwaters of Kerala, was mainly
used in Travancore and Kochi and in the Minicoy Islands
in olden times.
The rich and glorious Kerala cultural heritage is
reflected in the vibrant Kerala festivals that mirror
the ancient traditions, customs, beliefs and faiths of
the people of Kerala, South India.The festivals of Kerala,
South India are annual occasions that are celebrated for
commemorating religious occasions. Some of the popular
Kerala festivals are Onam, Vishu, Mahasivarathri, Asthami
Rohini, Thiruvathira, Pooram Festival and Thrissur Pooram.
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