Cherukolpuzha Convention (February)
Ayiroor Cherukolpuzha religious convention is another important annual feature on the river bed of Pamba. Ayiroor Cherukolpuzha religious convention of the Hindus is held at Cherukole on the banks of River Pamba, usually in February every year. This convention is attended by a large number of people and addressed by prominent religious scholars and cultural personalities.
Mar Ignatius Elias III, the holy patriot of Anthiod while on a visit to India, died at this place in 1932. His mortal remains are preserved at Manjinikkara church. Later this place developed into a pilgrim centre. The annual festival ( ormaperunnal) is held in February.
Aranmula Vallamkali (August-September)
Aranmula Vallamkali (Boat race) is a famous water fiesta is held during Onam (August - September). The snake boats assemble near the Sri Parthasarathy Temple before the grand procession. Each boat is 100 ft. long and accommodates 4 helmsmen, 100 oarsmen and 25 singers. The snake boats move in pairs to the rhythm of full throated singing and shouting, watched by an excited crowd. The commencement of the event is marked by a snake-boat race in the afternoon. Early morning, the Snake Boats assemble near the temple, and take off in pairs. Snake-Boats in action, with incessant full-throated singing and vociferous shouting by the crowds in an exciting event.
Aanandapally Maramadi (August- September)
Anandapalli, a tiny village near Adoor in Pathanamthitta district is famous for its annual Maramadi festival, an ox race carnival, commonly held in the villages of Kerala during the harvest season . The cattle race-Maramdi Mahotsav- is slowly regaining its lost charm as part of the ongoing trend of reviving the traditions. Maramdi has a history of about 200 years in Kerala and it is basically a rustic sport connected with the harvest festival. Vast stretches of freshly ploughed paddy fields form the stadium for the race. Excited villagers crowd around the stadium to cheer the participants.Next »