All domestic and international globetrotters dream of visiting Kerala as it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. For several travellers, Kerala is truly God’s own country because of its enchanting natural beauty. It is a green kingdom embellished with breathtakingly beautiful backwaters, magical spice plantations, sprawling tea and coffee estates, and scores of historical places to visit. This lush green piece of land is known for its 600 km of stunning coastline.
The vibrant and warm people of Kerala celebrate a variety of festivals displaying cultural harmony and celebration of nature. Each festival has its unique traditions and is celebrated with a magnificent show of colours, music, dance, food and several other exciting activities. Some of the most popular and largely celebrated festivals are Onam, Vishu, Aranmula Boat Race, Thrissur Pooram and Christmas.
Onam is also known as Thiruvonam and it is the state festival of Kerala. Onam highlights communal harmony and rich cultural heritage of Kerala. Each year it is celebrated in full fervour by all the people of Kerala irrespective of creed or community. Onam is celebrated during the Malayalam month of Chingom (August-September), to mark the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali with an abundant harvest.
Vishu is celebrated on the first day of the Malayalam month of Medam (April-May). Vishu marks the beginning of a new year by gifting money to the younger members of the family. Family and friends enjoy a sumptuous mid-day feast knows as Sadya.
The legendary boat race takes place at Aranmula. It is the oldest riverboat race festival in Kerala. It is held during Onam near a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and Arjuna. The boats move in pairs to the enchanting rhythm of singing and shouting. The shores are beaming with huge crowds supporting the oarsmen rowing the snake boats. Beautifully decorated flaunt golden flags and race ahead on the rhythm of songs.
It’s a 36 hour long post-harvest festival which is celebrated during the Malayalam calendar month of Medam (Between April and May) at the Vadakkunnathan Temple in the city of Thrissur. Lakhs of people, from all across Kerala, participate in this festival. Kudamattam is the main highlight of this festival. Caparisoned elephants, adorned in gold armour and accompanied by handlers holding flamboyant parasols, are lined up facing each other with 15 on each side. The handlers mount and dismount the elephant while twirling the colourful parasols and exchanging them. Kudamattam is a portmanteau of Kuda (which means umbrella in Malayalam) and Mattam (which means change in Malayalam).
Christmas in Kerala is a beautiful celebration of harmony through a display of illuminated decorations, Christmas carols and amazing food. It has a distinct mark on the culture of Kerala as it is celebrated by people of all communities and faiths. The biggest attractions are superbly decorated grand churches and lip-smacking traditional delicacies. The hotels in Kerala showcase a delectable Christmas menu with turkey, cakes and choicest wines. Homes ring in the celebrations with family, friends and loads of get-togethers.
This is just a glimpse of the magnificent God’s own country Kerala. From the taste of fluffy idiyappams, crispy karimeen fry, tall coconut trees, the rhythm of Kathakali to super popular Malayalam cinema, Kerala is full of wonder and warmth. Bharti AXA travel insurance is your perfect travel companion if you are planning a trip to Kerala. This travel insurance policy offers coverage you from the losses arising from anything such as thefts or fire. By purchasing a small premium, you can travel worry-free.