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…
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.
Cultural in Kottayam

Thirunakkara Utsavam

All-night Kathakali dancing on the third and fourth nights of this 10-day festival; processions of elephants mark the finale.
Religious in Kollam (Quilon)

Kottamkulangara Chamaya Vilakku

An unusual festival event in Chavara, 15km north of Kollam, where local men dress as women and carry lamps to the temple.