Art in Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi–Muziris Biennale

Into its fourth edition (2018), this major contemporary biennial arts festival is one of the largest of its kind in Asia. Over 90 Indian and international artists bring their creativity to workshops, talks and exhib…
Carnival in Kochi (Cochin)

Cochin Carnival

Fort Cochin's biggest bash, a 10-day festival culminating on New Year's Eve. Street parades, colourful costumes, embellished elephants (which won't appeal to all), music, folk dancing and lots of fun.
Religious in Kochi (Cochin)

Ernakulathappan Utsavam

Eight days of festivities culminating in fireworks, music and a parade of 15 splendidly decorated elephants (which won't please everyone).
Religious in Thrissur (Trichur)

Thrissur Pooram

The largest and most colourful of Kerala’s temple festivals, with huge processions of caparisoned elephants around the Vadakkunathan Kshetram Temple.Animal-rights campaigns against Thrissur Pooram have started to ga…
Religious in Thrissur (Trichur)

Thaipooya Mahotsavam

Celebrated in Koorkkanchery, just south of Thrissur, this festival stars a procession of kavadiyattam (ritualistic dance), in which dancers carry tall, ornate, vibrantly coloured structures called kavadis.
Religious in Thrissur (Trichur)

Uthralikavu Pooram

The climactic day of this week-long festival sees 20 adorned elephants (which won't appeal to all) circling the shrine at the Uthralikavu Temple, 20km northeast of Thrissur.