Kerala Fairs and Festivals

Kerala is simply outstanding. Lovingly remarked as one of the 10 paradises in the world, the state of Kerala is also very rich in fairs and festivals. Every fairs and festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm, spirit and people during the fair gather together to make it livelier, grandeur and stunning.

The Kerala fairs and festivals are diverse and the celebrations are simply grandeur, seems like gems ornamenting the cultural and traditional crown of Kerala. All the year round there is celebration in Kerala and showcases the richness of the state, regarding to its cultural affairs and traditions carry on by various religions.

With the every change of season, there are reasons for people to celebrate life in Kerala and truly the fairs and festivals exhibits the true beauty of the state Kerala.

Grand Fair and Festival

  • Nehru Trophy Boat Race
  • Indira Gandhi Boat Race
  • Jagannath Festival
  • Sabarimala Festival
  • Onam, Easter
  • Cochin Carnival
  • Annual Festival at Anantheswara Temple
  • Mujamkavu Parthasarathi Kshetram Annual Festival
  • Shivaratri

Thrissur Pooram

Popular as the mother of all festivals in Kerala, Thrissur Pooram celebrated in the Malayalam month of Medam annually is one of the most renowned temple festivals in the Indian state of Gods own Country. It is celebrated on the ?Pooram day? Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur town when the moon rises with the Pooram star and magnetizes large number of devotees from nook and corners of Kerala along with other devotees from various parts of the world.


Thiruvathira, one of the major women?s festivals of Kerala, celebrated in the Malayalam in the month of Dhanu, it fell on a blue moon, which adds up to its charm. It is renowned and celebrated in remembrance of the death of Kamadevan, in lieu of the extinction of the vices and the ardent thoughts by keeping the mind stable. A legend says that Kamadevan was burnt alive by the opening of the third eye of Lord Shiva, one of the members of Heavenly Trinity.


Factually meaning new rice, Puthari is the harvest festival of the Kodava people and is generally celebrated during the ending days of November or early days of December according to the Gregorian calendar. It is the biggest festival in the Kodava calendar and farmers are happy looking at the product of the hard work and they rejoice this by singing and dancing. Puthari villagers gather at temples to celebrate the occasion as temples are the center of various cultural activities and celebrations.

Payippad Jalotsavam Festival

More than just a boat race, Payippad Jalotsavam is one of the major snake boat race festivals conducted on the Payippad Lake at an expanse of 35 km from Allappuzha in the Indian state of Gods own Country Kerala. The three days of water fiesta is conducted with participants from in and around the region with the key highlights being the Chundanvalloms (snake boats) which are ornamented and decorated in a colorful way for rowing along the blue and crystalline waters of the Payippad Lake.

Onam Festival

Popularly known as the harvest festival, Onam festival is one of the biggest festivals in the Indian state of Gods own country of Kerala. Celebrated on the month of August-September (Malayali month of Chingam), the festival symbolizes the homecoming of the legendary king Mahabali who Malayali people consider as their king.

Mandala Pooja

Observed by the devotees of Lord Ayyappa, Mandala Pooja celebrations last for a period of 41 days commencing from the first day of the Malayalam month Vrishchikam (November-December) and ending on 11th or 12th day of Malayalam month Dhanu (December-January). During this period, large number of devotees from different parts attends the famed shrine of Lord Ayyappa at the Sabarimala Temple and also at the temple at Guruvayur.

Makaravilakku Festival at Sabarimala

A yearly festivity conducted at the holy place of Sabarimala Temple on 14th of January, Makaravilakku festival is one of the major festival held in the Sabarimala temple after Mandala Pooja. The name ?Makaravilakku? refers to the illumination of a vivid lamp (Vilakku), thrice atop the Ponnambalamedu (the sanctum sanctorum of Sabarimala temple) which were used to converse the conclusion of deeparadhana in ponnampalamedu. A predictable number of half million devotees attend Sabarimala annually to have the apparition (Darshan) of this ritualistic custom.

Christmas Festival

Celebrated usually on 25th of December, Christmas is a yearly celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The fiesta of Christmas celebrates his yearly birth and expresses his love, reception and brotherhood to the civilization and mankind all over the world. It is celebrated by millions and millions of people all over the world irrespective of their caste, religion, political affections and race.

Kerala Boat Race Festival

Land of backwaters and immensely beautiful scenic grandeur, Gods own Country Kerala celebrates the grandiose festivity of Onam during the month of August and September with huge fervor and joy from all the people. The 10 daylong celebration witnesses various events which are participated and watched by huge number of people.

Ashthami Rohini

Most of the people in India rejoice the imposing festival of Krishna Janamasthami based on the dates of Lunar calendar, but few of the temples and places in South India monitor this festival according to the Solar calendar. Popularly known as Gokulashthami or Sri Jayanthi, Ashthami Rohini is celebrated by two of the famed South Indian temples namely Guruvayur Guruvayurappa temple in Kerala and Udupi Sri Krishna in Karnataka celebrates Krishna Janamasthami as Ashthami Rohini according to the solar calendar.