There are a number of festivals in Kerala celebrated throughout the state and are well attended by locals as well as tourists.
Festival Ashtamudi Crafts and Art takes place in Kollam end of December, from January. The edition of the race tourism Nehru Cup Snake Boat Allepey is mid-January.
Thiruvananthapuram hosts a classical music festival in late January. The Ettamanur Festival in Ettamanur near Kottayam in February / March features a procession of decorated elephants happy. The Pooram Festival in Thrissur has similar attractions, and follows two months later.
The most famous is the harvest festival, Onam in August / September. Celebrated with banquets and parties of all Kerala, Onam is the most important festival os the state.
A festival, which lasts 10 days, Onam is a Hindu festival of great prestige that is celebrated with great devotion. The most striking feature of this festival is that it is Kathakali dance, indoor and outdoor games, racing boats and several songs they offer. Onam is celebrated the homecoming of King Mahabali, who used to rule Kerala during the ancient times. The period of King Mahabali is considered to be golden era of Kerala, where people lived happily with love, harmony and prosperity.
Kerala is famous for backwater rides, the main aspects highlights of the state. The beautiful river, lakes and Arabian Sea are all part of these walks backwater rides, where you can also view the most talked about boat festivals of Kerala. Boat Festival has been improved with different sizes of boats, where you can see the team spirit among the participants, a great enthusiasm among drivers and people cheering each other all over the place.
Attukal Pongala is one of the festivals that keep their record in the Guinness Book of Records for hosting huge crowd of women each year. This is one festival where people celebrate it irrespective of their religion, caste or color. The festival is all about offering ‘Pongala’ to Attukal Devi, a deity whose temple is located near the city of Thiruvananthapuram. Attukal Devi is believed to be an incarnation of the goddess Parvati.
Paramparya is a prelude to the treasure of the tradition of the arts and crafts of India. The second annual exhibition was held on the shores of Lake Ashtamudi in Ashramam Maidan, Kollam. Among the hundreds of huts scattered artisans fair grounds were absorbed craftsmen perfecting their masterpieces. In addition to an exhibition and sale of puppets, dolls, wood carving, jewelry, silver, sugar cane and coconut fiber crafts, etc., there is a popular tribal art performances which captivated visitors. International craft film festival, talks, seminars etc. were also conducted. The festival was organized by the Tourism Promotion Council of Kollam district in partnership with the state and central governments.
Thrissur Pooram is one of the famous temple festivals of Kerala that is celebrate for more than 200 years ago. This festival is celebrated at the annual temple in Thrissur Vadakkunnathan and held for nearly 36 hours with traditional auction, which ends with extreme fireworks. The festival is held to worship the Lord Shiva that revolves around of color, music and religion.
Theyyam is an 800 year old festival where you can see more than 400 types of cultural dances, performed by peopled dressed as deities. The interpreter goes through three stages of learning: first stage is to adorn themselves with colors, flowers and a mask; second stage involves the self-torture and the third stage has to do with dancing in a rhythm. This festival is celebrated with great fun that brings new level of pleasure in the life of the attendees.