rich culture can be best witnessed by experiencing its festivals that are
celebrated year round. These colourful occasions showcase Kerala's legacy
and more often are intertwined withthe many religious beliefs. Kerala's
multi -culturalism is reflected in the various festivals belonging to
different faiths. Kerala's culture is distinct and unique and that has made
it popular to tourists from around the world.
Onam is Malayali's favourite and most colourful festival, heralding the
harvest season in the months of August- September. People celebrate with
flowers, lights, feasts, fireworks and games. Cultural shows are held
throughout the state during Onam. The dance is a beautiful blending of
color, dance, music, drama, and expressions. In a sense, a lot of the fame
that the state has gained is mainly due to the popularity of this dance
form. Other dance forms of Kerala are Krishnanattom, Mohiniyattom, Thullal,
Koodiyattom, Kolkkali, Thiruvathirakali, Kakkarishi Natakom, Oppanna, and
In temple festivals, Thrissur Pooram at Thrissur is the most popular, where
30 caprisoned elephants, exhilarating percussion ensemble, colorful
umbrellas atop elephants, magnificient fireworks combine to create a virtual
feast for the senses. The Chandanakkudam at Bheemapalli in the capital
Thiruvanathapuram is the most revered of Muslim festivals. People offer
money in earthen pots at the tomb of Bheema Devi, a devout pilgrim who came
to Kerala from Mecca centuries ago.
Infact, everyday in some corner of the state, festivities are in full swing
celebrating the facets of a culture that has stood the test of time.