Kerala is supposed to be the wonderland amongst Indian tourist destinations, with many assets of popular destinations like Alleppey. This ace destination of Kerala tourism holds many credits to its record like backwaters, fine sandy beaches and the most incredible boat races. The other beautiful side of this destination is the year round list of Alleppey festivals which add taste to life at this outstanding destination in Kerala.
We can summarize Alleppey attractions in the form of vibrant festivals as follows
Chettikulangara Bharani – is one of the important temple festivals celebrated in Alleppey. The venue of celebrations of this splendid religious festival is the awesome temple of goddess Bhagavathi just four km from Mavelikkara. Mavelikara is a Taluk in southern part of Alappuzha district of Kerala, and is located on the banks of the Achankovil River. ‘Kuthiyottam’ and ‘Kettukazcha’ are the main rituals of the festival. It is normally celebrated in the month of February or March. ‘Kuthiyottam’ is the procession of young boys accompanied with traditional music. The boys are dancing in a devotional style.
Arthunkal Perunnal – This is the grand annual festival of amusement and rejoice celebrated in the churches of Alleppey in the month of January. This grand Christian festival is celebrated at the Arthunkal Church which is the major pilgrim center of the Christians. This festival is locally known as Makaram Perunnal. Thousands of pilgrims rush to the coastal village to participate in the festival.
Chirappu Mahotsavam – In the month of December the important occasion at Mulakkal temple is the ‘Chirappu Mahotsavam’. The place becomes live with many options of entertainment like circus, exhibitions, moving markets and fairs. The display of nine tuskers called Shiveli accompanied by Chenda and the Panchavadam music is a feast for the visitors travelling Alleppey during this time.
Kadammanitta Padayani – is the splendid traditional martial arts dance which is performed each year at the Kadammanitta Devi temple. This art form consisting of colloquial speech unique to Kerala is a fascinating ritual which visitors to the area shouldn’t miss.