Onam is the harvest festival of Kerala and one of the most famous events celebrated by Malayalis all around the world. The ‘Onasadhya’ as it is rightly called, is a treat of flavour and sublime culture.
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Onam is an annual harvest festival celebrated in Kerala. ‘Onasadhya’ is the grand feast served during the celebration of Onam in Kerala. It is served in Banana leafs and eaten with the hands without using any cutlery. (more…)
Onam is around the corner. And celebrating the festival of flowers is the fifth edition of The Hindu Metro Plus Pookkalam Contest 2011, which will be held in Kochi on September 3rd, 2011. The contest will be held between 9 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. at TDM Hall, DH Road, Ernakulam. (more…)
Onam is my most favorite festival. It is the most attractive and colorful festival of Kerala, India. Talk about Onam in Kerala and one of the first images that come to mind is that of the flower bed or floral arrangements known as Pookkalam or Athapookalam and sweet Payasam served on Banana lea. . In order to celebrate this great and amazing festival of Onam,Vanitha and Sunlight are organizing Pookkalam and Payasam competition which will be conducted on 7th of September at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Kadavanthra. Along with this competition, many cultural competitions will be held at the same venue (more…)
Athapookalam or Onam Pookalam, a flower arrangement, is one of the major attractions during Onam festival in Kerala. People of Kerala make amazing designs for their Pookalams. Traditionally, Onam Pookalams are made from the Atham Day and continues till Thiruvonam Day. (more…)
An integral part of Kerala`s Onam festivities in Thiruvanthapuram is the making of the Onavillu(the bow). The Onam are considered a symbol of prosperity. They are ibroad piece, of wood, tapering on both sides, on which miniature paintings of Ananthasayanam, Dasavatharam, Sree Rama Pattabhishekam, and Sreekrishna leela are portrayed. The bow is offered to the city’s ruling deity Lord Sree Padmanabha Swamy as part of the annual ceremonies of the Onam festivities. (more…)
Kummattikali procession is an integral part of Onam celebrations in Thrissur. Kummattikali is a ritual folk art performed backed by recital of folk songs and Kerala traditional musical instruments. The Kummatty Performance is called Kummattikali. Kummattikali is performed by men in groups wearing brightly painted wooden masks and costumes in grass. (more…)
The legend is that under the rule of Mahabali, the ‘asura’ King Kerala became a paradise on earth. Indra, the Lord of Devas felt threatened and Lord Vishnu helped him to send back Mahabali to ‘Paathalam’, the neither world. Lord Vishnu took the form of a Brahmin boy Vaamana and requested Mahabali for three – foot measure of land. With a cosmic form he covered earth and the other world in two steps. For the third step the honorable king offered his head and Lord Vishnu pushes Mahabali to Paathalam, but granted him a boon to visit his land, Kerala once a year. This is Onam. From Atham day onwards flower mats are laid out on the courtyard of every household to welcome Mahabali. (more…)
Pulikkali folk form is prominent in Thrissur and is held in connection with Onam. Pulikkali performers are men and they paint their body and face meticulously to resemble tigers. They move in group and dance to the tune of percussions and enact scenes of playing hide and seek with a hunter wielding a gun. On this day, over 500 tigers are move through the street of Swaraj Round in Thrissur. This sportive event usually lasts for hours.
Thripunithura Athachamayam is one of the most popular events during Onam season with colorful procession where you can see almost all the folk art forms of Kerala. Years back the procession was up to Thrikkakara temple to mark the beginning of the festival at Thrikkakara. In olden days the event was conducted by the royal Rajas of erstwhile Kochi State. The majestic charm still retained. Thrippunithura is about 8 km from Ernakulam.
Aranmula Boat Race
The most famous Aranmula Boat Race is conducted on the Uthrittathi day of the Malayalam month Chingom(August – September)in connection with the national festival of Onam. The two-day event is more a water fiesta than a competition connected with Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple. Palliyodams are Aranmula’s unique snake boats which belong to different ‘’karas’’ (rustic parts) on the banks of river Pampa. This boat race is held to commemorate the crossing of the river by Lord Krishna on that day. The deity is supposed to be in all boats that take part in the carnival and all of them are expected to arrive at their destination simultaneously. Thus no element of competition in the Aranmula Boat Race as in other regattas held in the Kerala State. The race is not conducted to win any trophy or prize. (more…)
Kerala Travel Experience
What does heaven look like? Kerala is undoubtedly god’s own country, a green heaven on earth. Kerala Travel Experience is exploring this heavenly destination will take you through a magnificent experience. Kerala tourism promotes the state in such a way that tourists who visit this place once love to come again and again to take a dip in the heavenly splendor of Kerala.
Kerala has a harmonious fusion of culture, arts, natural beauty, cuisines and architecture which attracts tourists from all over the world. Brimming with unbridled energy, this southern tip of India gifts every visitor, blissful memories that will cherish for a lifetime.
Kerala is a major center of wildlife and eco tourism. You will feast your senses with enchanting experience of beaches and backwaters, breathtaking landscapes, exceptional art and architecture and much more. Kerala is gracious, graceful, a unique destination for retreat, with magnificent historic monuments, exquisite temples and sculptures. Kerala coastal plains bestowed with best beaches in India and on Western Ghats lie evergreen hill stations and spice lands of Kerala.
As Kerala adapted creatively to modern culture, but still proudly hold onto their language, religion, customs and traditions. Kerala has vibrant celebration of colourful distinct festivals that are marked by its rituals will surely appeal tourists. Onam is the most popular and traditionally celebrated festival in Kerala .Women wearing Kasavu embroidered sarees and sparkling gold jewelleries design beautiful floral patterns using flowers and leaves in the courtyards on Onam day. Try to witness Aranmula boat race which is held on the banks of river Pampa.
The art forms of Kerala have captured the attention of the entire world which showcases the rich culture of Kerala. Mohiniattam, classical dance form of Kerala, by its sensuousness and Kathakali, a dance drama, with its colourful make up and heavy costumes appeal the spectators.
Kerala is famous for its spices of pungent aromas. It is a treasure trove of handicrafts, artifacts, coir products, brass products give choice to discerning shopper.
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