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…
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.
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…
Religious in Kollam (Quilon)

Kottamkulangara Chamaya Vilakku

An unusual festival event in Chavara, 20km north of Kollam, in which local men dress as women and carry lamps to the temple.
Cultural in Kottayam

Thirunakkara Utsavam

All-night Kathakali dancing on the third and fourth nights of this 10-day festival held at a 500-year-old temple; processions of elephants mark the finale (and may not appeal to all).