KERALA VILLAGE FAIR
Kerala Kalarippayattu3rd January, a new arrival on the tourism calendar, the village fair is a recreation of the bygone days of rural Kerala. An entire village, complete with artisans, the traditional ‘Nalukettu house’ temple, astrologers, sorcerers, tea stalls etc is made as it was ages ago. Visitors can see for themselves how people in ancient Kerala used to go about their lives. Set near Kovalam, the event lasts for a week. With each evening devoted to the display of martial arts like Kalari, art froms like Kathakali, Theyyam and Koodiyattom.
KERALA FOOD FESTIVAL
2nd Week of February, TRIVANDRUM: Another new entrant to the festival calendar. Where a sampling of all varied types of cuisine available in India are prepared and sold in true ethnic fashion. Stalls for each state, manned by specialised chefs whip up delicacies that range from mouthwatering Kashmiri Pulao to Hyderabadi Biryani. From Lakhnavi ‘Kababs’ to ‘rasagollas’. Spread over seven evenings in which you can taste almost all flavours from all over India.
NISHAGANDHI DANCE FESTIVAL
Last Week of February, TRIVANDRUM: A week long celebration of the best in Indian classical dance and music the country’ s top exponents of Mohiniyattom, Bharatanatyam, Kathak, modern ballet and various folk forms exhibhit their talents. Held at the open air theatre of Nishagandhi, Trivandrum. Usually an evening of music is also incorporated. Admission is free of charge and those watching include some of the finest connossieurs, apart from tourists.
THE GREAT BOAT RACE
(August – September) Kerala’s backwaters are set alight every year after the monsoons by the famous snake boat races. Teams compete for the prestige and honour of various trophies. Chief among them being the Nehru Trophy, held every second saturday of August, at lake Punnamada, Alleppey. The Payippad Boat Race at Payippad, Cha mbakulam Moolam Boat Race at Chamba kulam, the Aranmmula trophy and the Indira Gandhi Boat Race at Cochin are other important points on Kerala’s boat race calendar.
KERALA TOURISM WEEK CELEBRATIONS
First week of September, Onam is Kerala’s most important festival. Celebrating the yearly homecoming of its legendary ruler, Mahabali. it is a time when the courtyards are florally decorated, people are in new clothes, special games and competitions are held and the rains take a break. The Tourism week celebrations are held during this time, a week long period of cultural shows, dances, music and fairs. Concluding in an unforgettable paegentry on the main throughfare of Trivandrum where each and every corner of the state displays a special theme.
THE MONSOON MOOD
June, July, and part of August are reserved for the rains in Kerala. The land takes on an added tinge of green and most of the time can only be spent indoors. Making this an ideal time for rejuvenation therapies as laid out by the ancient philosophy of Aurveda, Kerala’s traditional medicinal system. Relaxing oil massages, special tonics, dietary methods and exercise programs under the ayurvedic physicians do wonders for your body, mind and soul.