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Fairs and Festivals of Kerala

Kerala offers both locals and foreign visitors to experience true Indian culture and heritage, with influence from far corners of the country. Create unforgettable memories at the many fairs and festivals of Kerala.

Onam

28th August – 4th September 2015

One of the carnivals during the Onam festival
One of the carnivals during the Onam festival

Hindu festival, Onam, is an annual celebration that takes place all over Kerala between August and September. The ancient festival is Kerala’s most important and most popular festival in Kerala, which celebrates the homecoming of the legendary King Mahabali. Lasting for ten days, the first day is called Atham, while Thiruvonam is the name given to the last day.

Beautiful decorations of Pookalam, which are intricately circular and made of colourful flowers, can be seen adorning the front of every household in Kerala. The festival of Onam features many carnivals that boasts spectacular displays and activities such as fireworks, snake boat races and the indigenous Kaikottikali dance. This is one of the fairs and festival of Kerala that will offer an experience like no other, not to mention the traditional feast of 21 curries.

Kerala Village Fair

A performance at the Kerala Village Fair
A performance at the Kerala Village Fair

Kerala Village Fair, sometimes referred to as Gramam Village Fair, is a ten-day fair held in the beach town of Kovalam. This is definitely one of the most unique fairs and festivals of Kerala to attend. An entire village, which is known as a gramam, is recreated during the Kerala Village Fair, including traditional Nalukettu houses. Be immerseed in the historic traditions of rural Kerala. You will get the chance to learn from local expert artisans who have perfected the age-old techniques showcase the intricacy of the textile arts and crafts. Spectacular cultural performances include traditional Kathakali, Thiruvathirakali, Mohiniattam dance and Kalaripayattu martial arts performances.

Cochin Carnival

What to expect at the diverse Cochin Carnival
What to expect at the diverse Cochin Carnival

The annual Cochin Carnival is held everyday in the last week of December to ring in the New Year and to signify the eclectic blend of Kerala’s heritage. Held at Fort Kochi in the port city of Cochin, otherwise known as Kochi, this is the one of the merriest fairs and festivals of Kerala. Dating back to the colonial era, the Cochin Carnival stems from the Portuguese tradition of grand scale celebrations and partying into the New Year. In celebration of friendship, progress, peace and adventure, this fiesta is further brightened by the striking colours on the attires of attendees and participants. Make the Cochin Carnival your next New Year’s Day destination and join in with unforgettable elephant parades, soulful folk performances, charming fancy costume rallies and dirt bike races.

 

Images: Srees Tours, Web India 123, The Royale

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