Festivals of Kerala: Which to Choose ?

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My next trip to India is Kerala. I want to go for festivals.

This list - https://www.keralatourism.org/festivalcalendar.php

Is suggestion for which boat festival is recommended ? Oman is a personal festival, correct ? Is there suggestions for Temple visits that allow women ?

We plan a 10 days trip to Kerala.
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Hi Miyu Welcome again. You have not mentioned the month in which you've planned to travel - that will impact. Failing that, what i can tell you is that the nehru trophy boat race is the biggest one - it's on 13 august (just around the corner then!). Thrissur pooram is loud and very crowded. It was where the firework tragedy occurred this year, and while there's a ban on fireworks there from next year, one doesn't know. The temple known for a 'ban' on women entry is sabarimala, it's not on your list. You may want to check this thread for some ideas on the theyyam festivals.

Maybe Theyyamdancer or Darklord will see this thread and comment better!
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The boat race (nb... haven't been for 12 years) is just... a boat race. It's big, busy, and exciting if you like that sort of thing. It is not, sofar as a I remember, an opportunity to see any of Kerala's amazing and unique music, dance, religious stuff, elephants, etc; just boats.

Please google for it, and for more information on the Kerala snake boats. They are amazing, and to see them is amazing. To sit through a whole day of the races, though, might not suit.

But hey, people sit through whole days of tennis, cricket, etc, which do not even involve anything interesting like boats!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post But hey, people sit through whole days of tennis, cricket, etc, which do not even involve anything interesting like boats!
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Hi Miyu Welcome again. You have not mentioned the month in which you've planned to travel
Thank You much.

Our plan is between September and October for maximum of 10-15 days. Since we have a fractional ownership for apartment in hawaii, not interest in beaches. maybe see Onam festival, the boat festival, backwaters and temples.

Last visit we had car+driver arranged by Jalpak. Is this popular option ? I will apply for visas soon.
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Kerala is very beautiful. You will have a good time whatever you do!

My preference is for the backwaters, but then I'm a boat person (just... a whole day of them racing on the same course was a bit much). The hills are wonderful too!
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Look at Thrikkakara temple for Onam celebrations. No clue about car hire in that part, but if it worked for you last time, worth it because train and bus travel in kerala is slower and a bit complicated unless you plan well. Also, with festivals, you can use the car as a dumping ground for small luggage, water bottles, etc and just go with your camera (assuming you trust the car company and driver). That's what I'd have done anyways.
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Thiruvonam is on the 14th September this year. This is the most important day of the Onam festival period. Kerala is vibrant through this season with most, if not all, Mallus visiting their native towns from wherever they are. They come back from Rest of India, Rest of World and The Gelf to The God's Own Coundry. Kerala is beautiful all the time and very vibrant during this season. It also means the costs will be slightly higher. I personally like backwaters of Kumarakkom, Alapuzha area. Idukki is pretty with its lush green mountains, forests and estates. And among beaches, I think the ones on Malabar coast beat the South. But these are my opinions
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Try to see at lest one Thayyam in the North of Kerala if you are there in Winter. We Only saw 2 due to medical emergency but it was an amazing experience.
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Onam and Pooram in Thrissur are very famous. I can't describe how great these two events are in Thrissur. Just google Thrissur Pooram and Thrissur Onam activities. No other place in Kerala can beat it.
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Thank You all. I will start new topic once I research more.

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