Sports in Alappuzha (Alleppey)

Nehru Trophy Boat Race

The most renowned and fiercely contested of Kerala’s boat-race regattas, held annually on the second Saturday of August since 1954. Thousands of people, many aboard houseboats, gather around the starting and finishi…
Religious in Kerala


Kerala’s biggest cultural celebration, when the entire state celebrates the golden age of mythical King Mahabali for 10 days.
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).
Cultural in Kollam (Quilon)

Kollam Pooram

A 10-day Kollam festival with nightly Kathakali performances and a procession of 30 to 40 ornamented elephants.
Sports in Kollam (Quilon)

President's Trophy Boat Race

The most prestigious boat regatta in the Kollam region, on Ashtamudi Lake.
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…
Sports in Kottayam

Aranmula Boat Race

One of Kerala's biggest snake-boat races, held during Onam around 40km southeast of Kottayam, this water regatta recreates a ritualistic journey in honour of Krishna.
Religious in Kollam (Quilon)

Bharni Utsavam

Held 6km northeast of Kayamkulam (35km north of Kollam) during the Malayalam month of Kumbham, this one-day festival is dedicated to the popular Keralan goddess Bhagavathy. It’s famous for its Kootiattam (traditiona…