Sports in Alappuzha (Alleppey)

Nehru Trophy Boat Race

This is the most renowned and fiercely contested of Kerala’s boat-race regattas. Thousands of people, many aboard houseboats, gather around the starting and finishing points on Alleppey's Punnamada Lake to watch sna…
Carnival in Kochi (Cochin)

Cochin Carnival

The Cochin Carnival is 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…
Religious in Kerala


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

Ernakulathappan Utsavam

At the Shiva Temple, Ernakulam; eight days of festivities culminating in a parade of 15 splendidly decorated elephants, plus music and fireworks.
Cultural in Kollam (Quilon)

Kollam Pooram

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

President's Trophy Boat Race

Held on Ashtamudi Lake, this is the most prestigious boat regatta in the Kollam region.
Religious in Kollam (Quilon)

Bharni Utsavam

This one-day festival is dedicated to the popular Keralan goddess Bhagavathy. It’s famous for its kootiattam (traditional Sanskrit drama) ritual and a spectacular procession of larger-than-life effigies.
Sports in Kottayam

Aranmula Boat Race

This water regatta recreates a ritualistic journey in honour of Krishna. It’s a spectacular event, with crowds cheering while the rowers shout along with the boatmen, who steer the boats and lead the chants.
Religious in Thrissur (Trichur)

Thypooya Maholsavam

This festival stars a procession of kavadiyattam (a form of ritualistic dance), in which dancers carry tall, ornate structures called kavadis.
Religious in Thrissur (Trichur)

Thrissur Pooram

The most colourful and largest of Kerala’s temple festivals, with huge processions of caparisoned elephants. Held at the Vadakkunathan Kshetram Temple.