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Major Festivals of Kerala State

Name of Festival/ Event

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Month






Ernakulathappan Utsavam

Eight Day festival of folk music and dances, boat races and procession of decorated elephants.

Kochi, Kerala


January/ February

Kerala Village Fair

Good opportunity to know traditional music and dances, arts and crafts of Kerala on ten day program.

Kovalam and Ernakulam, Kerala


January

Bharni Utsavam

One day religious program of ritualistic dance and other religious ceremonies.

Chettikulangara village, near Kayamkulam, Kerala


February/ March

Thirunakkara Utsavam

Ten Day festival of devotional songs and traditional dances, display of handicrafts and local products.

Kottayam, Kerala


March

Thrissur Pooram Festival

36 hour nonstop program of ritual and ceremonies for Lord VadaKkumnathan, fireworks and display of local products.

Thrissur, Kerala

www.thrissurpooramfestival.com

April

Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race

The most competitive and popular of the boat races

Alappuzha, Kerala

www.nehrutrophy.nic.in

2nd Saturday of August

Aranmula Boat Race

Snake boat celebration on the anniversary of Krishna.

Aranmula, Kerala


August/ September

Onam Festival

Ten Day Festival of celebrations with music and dances, boat races and joy making in honour of King Mahabali

Kerala

www.onamfestival.org

August/ September

Surya Nrtiya Utsav

Program of Indian Classical Dances.

Trivandrum


October

Nishagandhi Nritya Utsav

A week festival of classical dance, music, food, and crafts

Thiruvananthapuram


October & March

Ashtamudi Craft & Art Festival

Display and sale of handicrafts and local products and folk and tribal art performances.

Kollam, Kerala


December/ January

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