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Festivals and Events in Kerala

There are quite a few festivals in Kerala that are celebrated all over the state and are well attended by the local people as well as tourists.

The Ashtamudi Craft & Art Festival is held in Kollam end-December, beginning January. The tourism edition of Allepey’s Nehru Cup Snake Boat Race is in mid-January. (The real thing is dated for the second Saturday of August.)

Thiruvananthapuram hosts a classical music festival over the last few days of January. The Ettamanur Festival at Ettamanur, near Kottayam, in February/March features a procession of gaily-decorated elephants. The Pooram Festival at Thrissur has similar attractions, and follows two months later.

The most famous is the harvest festival, Onam, in August/September. Celebrated with feasting and festivities all over Kerala, Onam is the most important festival of the state.


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