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Onam Celebrations: Reasons to Visit Kerala During Onam Festival!

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Onam is one of the celebrations that is not to be missed in Kerala. The state looks all colourful with pookalams that adorn the entrances of each house, and even shops, hospitals, hotels and other organisations. Traditional art forms of Kerala are played here at various venues, all the Keralites are seen dressed up in traditional wear, ready to welcome Mahabali, the legendary King of Kerala!

There is no best time to visit Kerala than during the time of Onam. Let us check out the best reasons to visit Kerala during this season.


A beautiful pookkalam
Photo Courtesy: Ramesh NG 

Athachamayam - The Beginning of Onam

The festivities of Onam start on Atham, the star that marks the beginning of the 10-day festival. A street parade is held from Thripunithura near Kochi to Thrikkakara Temple that marks the beginning of the grand festivities of Onam.


The celebrations at Thrikkakara Temple

The Celebrations at Thrikkakara Temple

Thrikkakara Temple is one of the major centres of Onam celebrations. The first day or Atham, and the 10th day Thiruvonam are the most important ones. Several cultural events, traditional art forms, music and dance events are organised at the temple premises as a part of the celebrations.


Photo Courtesy: Ramesh NG 

Onasadhya (Feast)

One of the best reasons to visit Kerala during Onam is to have the popular Kerala feast known as Onasadhya. A traditional Onasadhya is served on a banana leaf, with tasty vegetarian dishes typical to Kerala. This heavy meal is prepared at every household in Kerala, and it is interesting to know that each dish has a specific place that it has to be served, which has been followed through generations.

boat race

Boat Race in Kerala
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Boat Races in Kerala

The Onam festival is also the time to listen to the folk songs and enjoy the boat races in Kerala. Take a trip to this amazing land this Onam to witness one of the boat races, that is peculiar to the God's Own Country.


Photo Courtesy: Felix Francis 


Pulikkali is a recreational folk artform of Kerala. This takes place in Swaraj Round of Thrissur town. Grown up men get themselves painted as tigers, to dance and perform on the street. Pulikkali translates to "play of the tigers".

Take a trip to Kerala this Onam to experience of the most colourful festivals of India!

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