Fair and Festivals of Kerala
The secular and hospitable people of Kerala, India celebrate many festivals around the year. The festival of Onam is the biggest annual celebration along with the religious festivals of Id and Christmas in Kerala. You can see the grand celebrations of the festivals in Kerala Backwaters on Kerala Tours with Kerala Backwater.
Other religious and festive events in Kerala include the Snake Boat races held in the backwaters near Alappuzha every year. This festival of the rowers skill is exhibited in the thrilling races between giant snakes boats amidst colorful decorations, music and great excitement. The temple Festival at Thrissur is another magnificent sight. Two rows of huge colorfully decorated elephants face each other in the midst of priests, drummers and devotees of the temples at Thrissur. The pilgrimage to Sabarimala is another annual event that brings together devotees from across South India who travel to the hill shrine of the deity Ayyappan. Feel the fervor of these religious gatherings when you travel to Kerala on Kerala tours with Kerala Backwater.
Snake Boat Races: These spectacular Snake Boat races are held at the Punnamada Lake at Alappuzha. The first year this event took place was as a demonstration in 1952 in honor of the then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Pandit Nehru was so impressed that he donated a trophy, henceforth called the Nehru Trophy to the town of Alappuzha where this event is held annually. Giant snake boats called "Chundanvalloms" which can seat up to 100 rowers engage in a contest to win the coveted Nehru Trophy. The event takes place in a carnival atmosphere on the backwaters near Alappuzha. You can enjoy seeing the Snake Boat racing festival on Kerala tours with Kerala Backwater.
Temple Festival Thrissur: This magnificent temple festival is held in Thrissur every year during the month of Medom according to the Malayalam calendar, which falls in April-May every year. The highlight of the temple festival is the exhibition of the idols of two temples in Thrissur on lofty elephants, which are decked with golden forehead ornaments. The colorful umbrellas and decorations are changed several times in a ritual display as two rows of elephants stand facing each other. Spirited percussion drumming, colorful firework displays and cheering crowds complete this spectacular festival, which you can see on tours of Kerala with Kerala Backwater.
Onam Festival: The most widely celebrated festival in Kerala, Onam is held to welcome the legendary King Mahabali when he returns to check on his people's welfare once a year. Flower carpets bedeck the entrance to every home, a grand feast is prepared and cultural performances are held to celebrate the festival of Onam in Kerala. Join in the celebrations on Kerala tours with Kerala Backwater.
Sabarimala Temple Festival: The Sabarimala Temple Festival is held at the Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala in the Western Ghats of Kerala. Devotees from all over Kerala and South India travel on the pilgrimage to this temple in Kerala. The most important day of this festival is the Makkara Vilakku day when a light is seen on a neighboring hill as a sign of the presence of the deity.
Prepare to be amazed by the color, vibrancy and passion of the festivals in Kerala backwaters on Kerala tours with Kerala Backwater.