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Kerala is the state of festivals and celebrations. The state is home to some of the best Utsavam in all over the World. The festivals in Kerala showcase our traditions, culture and practices. It is a peek into the history of our culture. These festivals are celebrated with immense joy and enthusiasm.

People from all over the country gather around to celebrate these festivals together. Although it is an almost impossible task to compare the Utsavams with each other yet we have coupled the 10 Most Famous Festivals of Kerala which we think are the best that anyone can witness. 

1. Thrissur Pooram

Thrissur Pooram is the most popular and celebrated Pooram in Kerala. People from all over the world come to witness the great happening of Thrissur Pooram. 

Thrissur Pooram

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2. Arattupuzha Pooram

Arattupuzha Pooram is the oldest festival of the country where the deities of the temple are worshipped. The entire celebration lasts seven day long.

Arattupuzha Pooram Kerala

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3. Alpashi Utsavam

Alpashi festival takes place at the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. It is celebrated during October and November every year.

Alpashi Utsavam

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4. Attukal Pongala

Attukal Pongala is a festival celebrated at the Attukal Temple for the duration of 10 days. Millions of women gather here at the 9th day of the festival.

attukal pongala

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5. Nandikesan

The festival takes place at Padanilam Parabrahma Temple which is one of the most popular temples in Kerala.

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6. Nenmara Vallangi Vela

People who love fireworks definitely need to witness the enactment of the festival. In Nenmara Vallangi Vela festival, people display the best of fireworks possible. Nenmara and Vallangi are two villages that compete against each other.

Nenmara Vallangi Vela

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7. Mannarkad Pooram

The Mannarkad Pooram takes place at the temple of Udayarkunnu Bhagavathy Temple. The deity of the temple is offered with prayers and worshipped during the Pooram. A procession is also taken out where the idol of deity takes a holy dip in the pond of the temple. 

Mannarkkad Pooram kerala

8. Kannambra Vela

Kannambra Vela festival marks an end to the summer festivals at Palakkad Thrissur region. It is itself a grand festival where two groups compete while holding a grand elephant ceremony. 

Kannambra Vela kerala

9. Kalpathi Ratholsavam

Kalpathi Ratholsavam is the festival of chariots. Huge grand chariots can be seen marching through the normal streets in Kalpathi during the Ratholsavam. The festival takes place at Sree Vishwanatha temple. 

Kalpathi Ratholsavam Festival
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10. Kunissery Kummatti

Kunissery Kummatti festival is celebrated somewhere between the month of March and April. The festival is carried out at Pookulangara Temple which is situated near Alathur.

Kunissery Kummatti festival

The above listed Kerala Festivals are a great deal of interest for all the lovers of culture and traditions. Some of the Utsavam mentioned above are actually one of the oldest festivals that are being celebrated till date. If you are even a little interested in witnessing the beauty of festivals with a touch of history, you should definitely plan out your visit to Kerala to witness these Utsavams. 

Kerala is termed as god’s own country for a specific reason. The sights and feeling that it gives off is beyond the world. One should visit Kerala and experience the Utsavams once in their lifetimes. The experience that it offers is absolutely priceless.

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