Festivals

Cherai pooram

Gods on a jumbo-back outing' Watch Video Cherai Pooram is held annually during January or February at the Cherai Gowreeshwara temple. Twenty-eight caparisoned elephants take part in the pooram. The nearby Cherai beach is one of the finest tourist destinations of Kerala. It is closer to Kochi (Cochin), Eranakulam district.

Cherai Temple Festival

The exquisite temple was constructed in A.D1869. Azheekkal Sree Varaha Venkateswara Temple is the only "Sampoornakshetra" in South India.This is the only temple in India where both the deities of Sree Varaha and Sree Venkateswara are installed side by side and worshiped as single moorthy (God). The famous temple "Ratha" (Chariot) is a rarity in temple architecture. This is the only chariot in the world, which runs on the rail. The festival take place twice in a year. The chariot is pulled by devotees around the temple with huge drum beats.

Cherai Ratholsav

Important pilgrimage centre in Kerala also known as South Pazhani, built in 1912. Gowreeswara temple is dedicated to Lord Muruka. The idle was installed by Sree Narayana Guru. To see Cherai at her best come with the festival. The trumpeting of more than 30 elephants and the magical sound of "Panchavaadya" and the spectacular view of celebratory fireworks.

Cherai Tourism mela

The Cherai Tourism mela, the first beach carnival in Kerala held to promote beach tourism and to cash in on the tourism potential of the State's seashore, is being organised by the Pallipuram grama panchayat of the Vypeen island.Cherai Beach Tourism Mela takes place in beach every year on december last weak .On these days many types of cultural programs like Kathakali,Mohiniyattom,Bharathanatyam,Koodiyattom are conducted and also Gajolsav (Elephant Festival) are conducted on last day of it.

Kathakali

The Cherai Tourism mela, the first beach carnival in Kerala held to promote beach tourism and to cash in on the tourism potential of the State's seashore, is being organised by the Pallipuram grama panchayat of the Vypeen island.Cherai Beach Tourism Mela takes place in beach every year on december last weak .On these days many types of cultural programs like Kathakali,Mohiniyattom,Bharathanatyam,Koodiyattom are conducted and also Gajolsav (Elephant Festival) are conducted on last day of it.

Mohiniyattam

The sinuous dance of the enchantress, this is a distinctive classical dance form of Kerala. Slow, graceful, swaying movements of the body and limbs and highly emotive eye and hand gestures are unique.Mohiniyaattam was specially created for female dancers. This dance-form was different from the other performing arts of Kerala mainly in two respects. Firstly, the dominantly religious atmosphere of the other classical dance-styles is absent in Mohiniyaattam. Secondly, it did not flourish in temple-precincts like Bharathanatyam Odissi, or Kuchipudi.

Bharathanatyam

Centuries old dance form performed throughout India, enriched by Kerala's own legendary dance performers. This dance form was first conceived and authored by the great sage Bharatha. So it is called Bharathanatya. 'Natya' means dance.

Koodiyattom

literally means "acting together". This, the earliest classical dramatic art form of Kerala. has been recognised by UNESCO as a Human Heritage Art. Rightly so. It is the oldest existing classical theatre form in the entire world, having originated much before Kathakali and most other theatrical forms based on Sage Bharatha's 'Natyasasthra' of the second century.

Onam

Onam - The National Festival of Kerala : Kerala's most important festival, honouring King Mahabali, a mythological king of ancient Kerala, whose period was reckoned as the golden age in the history of the state. He was the embodiment of virtues, goodness. So was his regime which was marked by equality and harmony among people. Onam is marked by festivity. Keralites bash up the day. Flower carpet is being prepared in the front yard of every house.

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