tips for onam?

#1 Jul 4th, 2011, 07:54
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  • glennab28 is offline
hi everyone -

i'll be moving to india (mumbai) this august for at least 9 months. i'll be traveling to do some research on art made for different festivals.

i had heard that onam is not to be missed and i'm excited to see it for myself. i've read a little bit about it but i'd love to get some insider info, especially on things like..

*what are some of the best places to visit for festival events?
*how do you recommend getting around (both getting to kerala and getting around once there)?
*and, is there a central place (or places) to stay that you would recommend?
*where might i find the most decorative art (like pookalams) - or is it relatively common all over?

#2 Jul 4th, 2011, 12:05
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Welcome to IM!
This year Thiru Onam is on Friday, September 9.
It is typically a family affair, but locals would be more than happy to invite you over.
Boat races happen in certain parts of the state - you need to purchase tickets in advance.

Aranmula Boat Race 14 Sep
Payippad Boat Race 11 Sep
Kumarakom Boat Race 11 Sep

Bear in mind that the races tend to be very crowded. Book in advance (not sure if it is too late now).

Hope this helps!
#3 Jul 6th, 2011, 12:30
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Pookkalms are common.
There are cerimonial boat procession (not boatrace) in Aranmula. Northern parts of Trichur could be worth to explore villages during onam.
#4 Jul 9th, 2011, 12:55
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Pookkalams are common all over.. In case you want to see some excellent art work, search online for the competitions organised by the some media like newspapers and be on the location, or you can visit a few colleges in the week before..
idukki, thekkadi... idukki, thekkadi..
#5 Jul 12th, 2011, 08:35
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You should time your trip in such a way that you are in Kochi to see the local Onam carnival Atthachamayam. Thripunithra hosts a carnival which is known as Atthachamyam every August. The procession winds its way through the roads of that small town and is an essential part of the Onam festivities. This year atthachamayam will be on August 31.

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