Onam is one of the biggest and most important festival of the year in Kerala. It’s a harvest festival that also marks the start of the New Year on the Malayalam calendar. A wide variety of activities take place across the state over two weeks.
Other than keeping an eye out for those stunning Onam pookalams laid out for the occasion. If you really want to get involved in Onam celebrations, here are top 4 places to visit during onam.
There can’t be a more colorful start to the Onam festival than the Athachamayam festival, which kicks off the celebrations. Hosting the Athachamayam festival, on the first day of the celebrations, the festivities are a befitting prelude to the activities of Onam celebrations. It features a vibrant street parade that includes floats, decorated elephants, music and several art forms from around Kerala. The parade brings back memories of the march of the Maharaja of Kochi from Thripunithura to Vamanamoorthy temple in Thrikkakara.
Very similar to that of Thripunithra, this city also hosts a colorful parade. What makes this procession unique is the rare spectacle of watching a group of elephants navigating a considerable distance through crowds of people and fireworks. Pulikali is a colorful recreational form of art. It is performed by trained artists to entertain people on the occasion of Onam. Pulikali, also known as Kaduvaakali, is a 200 year old art, carefully preserved by the artists of the state. The Literal meaning of Pulikali is the ‘play of the tigers’ and hence the performance revolves around the theme of tiger hunting. The folk art is mainly practiced in Thrissur (Trichur) and Palghat districts of Kerala. The Best place to watch the show is Swaraj Ground at Thrissur on the fourth day of Onam, where Pulikali troupes from all over the district assemble to display their skills.
Hosting the Kathakali dance, the city is well known and acknowledged worldwide as the center for the dance in the state. As several people gather to watch the display, performers are well versed in depicting magical mythological stories to the viewers. Kovalam is also known for the local art fairs and other village fairs during this time.
River Pampa in Kuttanad Region
One of the most famous events of the celebrations of Onam is the Snake Boat race or Vallamkali. As more than 100 oarsmen get into each boat and sing songs in worship of King Mahabali, the boat races on the Pampa River are watched by a host of onlookers, who cheer and revel in the glory of the race. While you can also watch the race in Thayathangadi near Kottayam and Papiyad near Quilon, there is nothing to match the glory of the event on the River Pampa.
It’s a different kind of air filled with joy, colors of ethnic tradition and the youthfulness. What is of importance, is the feeling of respect people still have for their culture and traditions. Do you plan on visiting any of these places during Onam? Plan your trip with Cozmo Travel. Read more exciting travel blogs here.