The vibrant festival of Onam is one of the most popular and significant harvest festivals of Kerala. It is essentially a ten day festival celebrated with great fervor all over the state between August and September. The festival is essentially celebrated by the people to welcome the homecoming of their dearest legendry King Mahabali into their homes. It is believed that the spirit of the king visits the homes of the people at the time of Onam. During the festival, various activities are organized such as the boat racing, music, dance, fireworks and lots more.It is the time of the year when Kerala is exhilarated with trumpets, drums, elephants, boat races, dances, art, music, floral decorations, lights, colours, rituals and the delicious Onasadya without which the celebrations are incomplete. Whether you’re a Malayali or not, the spirit of Onam is Universal.


There is not much to be said about Vishu but it is the Second most important festival of Kerala as it marks the New year which normally falls on the 14th, 15th, or 16th of April. This day determines how the rest of the year is going to be for the malayalis. It is believed that the whole year depends on the first thing that the person sees on the morning of the Vishu and it has to be an auspicious article. So, the people prepare a Kani to see the next day. The main attractions of this festival is the first gift that the elders give to the young ones, shopping and of course, most importantly what the kids enjoy the most- Fireworks!
Thrissur Pooram

Thrissur Pooram

Largest and most famous of all Poorams, the Thrissur Pooram is held at the Vadukkannathan Swamy temple of Kerala every year in April – May. This annual Hindu temple festival of Kerala is held for a week in the month of Medam according to the Malayalam calendar. It was first held during the reign of Raja Ravi Varma, the Maharaja of Cochin and popularly known as Sakthan Thampuran. A unity of 10 temples that are ordained as two groups namely Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu, brings a large festivity to life with a display of innovative fireworks and elephant caparisons. Being considered as the largest festival in Asia that’s secular in nature, Thrissur Pooram is a festival that’s a must see.


Theyyam is a sacred dance performance that dates thousands of years back and is usually performed in front of the village shrine, groves, and in some joint-family houses as ancestor-worship with elaborate rites and rituals. The word Theyyam literally means ‘God‘, hence the Theyyam dance is known as the ‘Dance of Gods‘. This unique dance form is a synthesis of ritual, dance, vocal and instrumental music, painting, sculpture and also literature. It is performed to worship Hindu Goddess Kali for which it is also known as ‘Kaliyattam‘. The Theyyam dance is often performed by men. Theyyam performer is called ‘Kolam’ who represents a divine, mythological, or heroic character. There are over 400 separate Theyyams, each with their own music, style and choreography. The most prominent among these are Raktha Chamundi, Kari Chamundi, Muchilottu Bhagavathi, Wayanadu Kulaven, Gulikan and Pottan.

Attukal Temple, Trivandrum

The Attukal Bhagavathy Temple in Trivandrum is one of the most talked about temples of not just the south, but the entire country. Among the many reasons for its popularity, probably the most eye-catching one is that it received a Guinness World Book record when over 37 lakh women offered pongala at this temple at once, making it the destination of the largest gathering of women for a religious activity! Popularly known as the ‘Sabarimala of Women’, this temple draws a massive throng of women each year during the famous Attukal Pongala festival. They say that the goddess blesses her devotees with progeny, heath, wealth and in all, a bountiful life. The temple’s Attukal Pongala Festival is a huge hit in the south, and its celebration is eagerly awaited by the locals. Tourists and devotees from far and wide come to Trivandrum especially during the festival period to witness its joyous and colorful celebration.

Makaravilakku, Sabarimala

Makaravilakku, an annual festival in Kerala, is celebrated on the day of Makar Sankranti which falls in January. The major attraction of the festival is the grand Thiruvabharanam procession which is the procession of the sacred ornaments of the Hindu God of Growth, Shri Ayappan. This procession is then followed by a religious congregation at the Sabarimala Shrine on the hilltop. One must visit this shrine to experience the divine vibe of Shri Ayappan and seek his blessings. It is estimated that approx one million believers come from all over the world to seek blessings on the auspicious day of Makaravilakku in Sabarimala.One of the most important rituals of the Makarvilakku festival is the lighting of the lamp at Ponnambalamedu which is located 4 kilometres from the Sabarimala Ayappan Temple in the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats. It is referred as the Hill of the Golden Temple and lighting the lamp commemorates the religious festival of Makaravilakku in Sabarimala.

Arattu Festival in Janardhanaswamy Temple

One of the most significant festivals in Kerala, the ten-day Arattu festival is celebrated in the Janardhan Swamy temple with elephant processions, ornamental silk umbrellas and all night kathakali dances. The Arattu is more of a ritual than a temple festival. A grand procession, a ceremonial bath and serving of a sweet dish – Palpayasam; marks the festivities of the Arattu. Although it is celebrated twice a year in Kerala; March – April and October – November, it is held from 12th to 21st March 2019 in Janardhana Swamy Temple, Varkala. Held at the Sree Krishnaswamy Temple at Alapuzha, the Ambalapuzha Arattu festival is celebrated enshrining Ambalapuzha Unnikannan. It is a ten-day festival where the Arattu is conducted on the final day called as the Thiruvonam Nakshatram. Built somewhere in between the 15th and 17th century by the ruler Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal-Devanarayanan Thampuran; the temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna.

Kerala Boat Festival

Kerala is recognized everywhere for its backwaters. And the Kerala Watercraft Event raises the beauty of these gleaming water canals. The Kerala boat race is complete interest as well as most notably esprit de corps and sync between the participants. Viewing this Kerala boat race is a fascinating situation that one should not miss out this boat race.


Christmas festivals to honor the magnificence of the nativity of Jesus on 25th December every year is the most substantial and also incredible of Christian events. No other party is so enriched with a lot of customized as well as events. There is a variety of eyeglasses like Xmas Star, Xmas tree, the Crib, Christmas cake and much more.


Easter is the oldest Christian festival, the Central tenet of Christianity is not the birth of Jesus, however his resurrection. Easter stemmed from this paschal mystery and also from the occasions of Good Friday.

Kodungallor Bharani

The annual festival at the Sree Kurumba Bhagavathy Temple situated at Kodungalloor is famous across Kerala and is known as the Kodungalloor Bharani. It takes place during the Malayalam month of Meenam (March-April). The main event of Bharani festival is the Aswathy Kaavutheendal, held on the day prior to Bharani asterism. And on this day devotees can witness a sea of red overruns the premises as a flurry of oracles (velichappad) dancing in a trance offer their prayers to the deity. It is a mystical experience for all who have a chance to view it. The devotion of the believers as they dance along with the oracles with spiritual euphoria is a truly riveting sight. Oracles, both men and women, dash around the temple and smite their heads with their swords, proclaiming their communion with the Mother Goddess. The devotees strike the temple rafters with sticks and hurl offerings over the roof and on to the inner quadrangle. The Bharani festival celebrates the birth of Bhadrakali (Hindu Goddess) who as per legend was born from the third eye of Lord Shiva and was the one who went to finish off the demon Darika.

Mandala Pooja

Mandala Pooja is a ritual held at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala. It also marks the end of the 41-day-long fast and austerities that Ayyappa devotees undertake in the Malayalam month of Vrischikam (November-December). This period is called Mandala Kaalam. Mandala Pooja and ‘Makara Vilakku’ are two of the important events held at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple. Hordes of devotees from Kerala and other neighboring states visit Sabarmala at this time.

Chembai Sangeetholsavam

Chembai had conducted the festival in the temple town on his own for about 60 years. He used to invite all the great Carnatic Musicians to perform in the temple town and in course of time, the scale of the festival rivalled the Thiruvaiyaru Thyagaraja Aradhana, which is recognised as one of the most important festivals of homage paid to Saint Thyagaraja. The Guruvayur Devaswom decided to take charge after his death in 1974, and renamed it as Chembai Sangeetholsavam in his memory.About 2000-2500 musicians participate in this festival every year, and it is held for about 12-15 days culminating on the Guruvayur Ekadasi day, when all the musicians sing 5 favourite songs of Chembai and also the Pancharatna Kritis of Thyagaraj.

Payippad Jalotsavam

The Payipad Boat Race is perhaps the oldest boat race of Kerala. The accurate historical evidence is not available. However, the tradition of the Payipad Boat Race is as old as the Haripad Sri Subrahmanya Swami Temple itself. The Haripad temple is believed to have been consecrated in the 16th Century. The Payipad Boat Race is held in the festive Onam season in the auspicious month of Chingam (Chingam month commences around mid – August of the English calendar) per the Malayalam calendar. This Boat Race is unique as it is the only Boat Race held for three days continuously (Thiruvonam, Avittam, Chathayam days of Chingam month). Payipad is a sleepy village of Veeyapuram which is the confluence of the rivers Pampa and Achalkoil. This sleepy village suddenly comes to life in the Onam season for the Boat Races and becomes a great tourist attraction. The Payipad boat race is held on the Payipad river which is a tributary of Achankoil river.

Makaravillakku Festival

Kerala Makaravillakku
Makaravillakku famous festival is celebrated in the month of January. This festival is participated in by (5 five thousands) of followers from throughout South India.

Kerala Village Fair

The citizens understand the 10 days lengthy kerala Village Fair called “Gramam”. Kovalam is a most visited tourist destinations in the kerala every year. The basic principle of having the “Gramam” is to recreate a whole village in Kerala design. Ethnic uses, traditional food, snacks, and other handicrafts work would certainly get on screen.

Aluva Sivarathri Festival

The celebration of Sivarathri in Aluva is very famous in Kerala. The month of Kumbham is noted for the Sivarathri festival which falls in February-March. Aluva Sivarathri is celebrated at the Siva temple on the banks of Periyar River and this place is called the Aluva Manal Puram (land with sand).

Chandanakudam Mahotsavam

A spiritual festival held in honor of Bee Umma, the Chandanakudam Mahotsavam witnesses a flow of thousands of enthusiasts annually. This yearly Islamic festival of Beemapally is additionally referred to as the Beemapally Uroos.

Nishagandhi Dance and Music Festival

The Nishagandhi event, organized by Kerala is a 7 days social holiday is kept in the Nishagandhi Amphitheater, in the remarkable facilities of the lush green Kanakakkunnu Palace in the core of Thiruvananthapuram.

Kalpathi Chariot Festival

It is a Ten days long event held around (Swami Viswanatha Temple) where you can see 03 colorfully bedecked chariots taking marvelous beings inside it are pulled through the streets amidst Vedic chants of the locals. In the evening social programs as well as Carnatic songs performances are held there.

Adoor Gajamela

Nine superbly caparisoned elephants contribute in this astonishing ceremony which starts from the Parthasarathy Temple as well as comes full ring at Chennapatti haven, three kilometers from Adoor. Ottanthullal various other traditional imaginative expressions are furthermore arranged on the tenth day.


Ramadan is starting same day of the Islamic schedule, in this month Muslims around the world quick as well as worship God. In the Ramadan the fasting is another kind of worship located globally in globe faiths. Fasting is an old and also universal method. The Jews observe a yearly fasting on the Day of Atonement in celebration of the descent of Moses from Sinai after spending forty days of fasting in order to have the ability to get discovery.


Muharram is a first month of the Islamic Calendar. The full month of Muharram is spiritual according to the Muslims. Nonetheless, it is the tenth day which is of the majority of relevance. Different factions of the Muslim community observe now for different reasons.

Miladi Sheriff

Miladi Sharif or barah wafat, the Birthday event of Prophet Mohammed, this festival is celebrated by Muslim.
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