The most spectacular festival event on the planet, Thrissur Pooram

Thrissur Pooram, adjudged by UNESCO as the most spectacular festival event on the planet, is held each year at Thrissur. Previously known as Trichur, this town is in the central part of Kerala. Thrissur is the gateway to the famous Guruvayur Krishna temple.

The most spectacular festival event on the planet, Thrissur Pooram
Elephants standing during Thrissur pooram festival in Kerala state of south India.

Thrissur Pooram is celebrated in the Malayalam local calendar month of “Medam” which normally comes in Mid of April to May. Pooram is hosted by Vadakkumnathan temple, Thrissur. It is conducted at the “Thekkinkadu Maidanam” which when translated means “the ground of teak forests”.

Little Poorams from nearby eight temple starts the beginning of the Pooram which lasts for 36 hours.

“Panchavadyam”, cultural display of instrumental music using five percussion and wind instruments, creates a magical effect of on the audience.

Madathil varavu.
Madathil varavu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An array of  up to 15 elephants are lined up by each group, decorated with colorful golden “Nettipattam” (or Elephant Caparison in English) with Colorful umbrellas , complete with “alavattam” and “venchamaram”; typical decorative costumes used in Kerala festivals.  If you are wondering what all these mean, in plain English  this means, each elephant will have an umbrella, fans made out of peacock feathers and a bunch of yak tail, which are held in hand by those seated on top the elephant. These are swayed rhythmically to the tune of the music played. 

The main Pooram is between the Paramekkavu Bhagavathy temple and Thiruvambadi Bhagavathy temple, each of these two temples have the Hindu deity Parvati,the wive of Lord Shiva (the deity at Vadakumnathan Temple).

Thrissur Pooram is also very famous across the world for its magnificent display of fireworks lasting all through the night.

It is to be seen to believe the magnificence of marvelous event. Are you going to book your tickets to attend this year’s Thrissur Pooramm? Take your mobile and call your travel agent. Hotel rooms are fast getting exhausted!

How do I Go to Thrissur Pooram?

Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport and Thrissur is the nearest railway station. Thrissur is well connected by road also. Thrissur is around 300 kilometers from the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.

Information on Aranmula Snake Boats, Parthasarathy Temple & Aranmula Metal Mirrors

Aranmula Snake Boats, Temple, Metal Mirrors
The annual Snake boat race is conducted during Onam Celebrations on the Pamba River at Aranmula near Pathanamthitta.

Aranmula Snake Boat Race

Aranmula Snake boat race or Aranmula Vallamkali, as it is known in the local language of Malayalam, is held annually on “Uthrattathi” day, normally the 4th day after “ThiruOnam”. Aranmula Snake boat race is conducted during the Onam (or Thruonam) Festival Season. Thiruonam is Kerala’s traditional harvest festival celebrated during August or September. Aranmula Snake boat race is a canoe racing kind of activity among the various nearby villagers.

Each boat is more than 30 feet in length with a minimum of 124 oarsmen rowing; many others standing on the boat singing traditional ‘Vanchipaattu’; traditional songs to encourage the oarsmen. These trophy boats are decorated with Kerala’s traditional golden lace, flag and colorful umbrellas. Only men are allowed to row the snake-boats in these races. Nobody wears shirt or footwear. Traditional ‘Mundu’ also known as “vesti” and ‘Turban’ to head are the dress allowed. It is a pleasure watching these snake boats glide swiftly through the water. 48 snake boats have participated in the last year’s Aranmula Vallam Kali.

Aranmula boat race gallery

Aranmula snake boat race gallery

Trophy Boat races are the highlight of Kerala Tourism during the Onam season. Allapuzha Nehru Tropy Boat Race, Aranmula snake boat race, Champakulam Moolam Boat Race, Neerattupuram boat race, etc, are to name a few.

Anamula Parthasarathy Temple


Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple, Kerala, India.

Anamula Parthasarathy temple is a temple which is one of the ancient temples dedicated to Parthasarthy or Lord Krishna. “Thanka Anki”, which is the Golden dress to Sabarimala temple’s Lord Aiyappa which was donated by the Tranvancore royal family, is kept at Ananmula. It is taken to Sabarimala temple every year, for a few days. Back side of the temple is the holy river Pamba. Temple celebrates its annual festival during regional calender’s month of ‘Meenam”. It is believed that Lord Aiyappa of Sabarimla temple, after getting the Tiger’s milk from Sabrimala , came to Aranmula in a country boat made of six bamboos and landed here, on his return journey to Pandalam palace, ;where his parents were residing. Thus the name Aranmula. ‘Aru’ is six and ‘mula’ is bamboo in Malayalam, the local language of Kerala.

Aranmula Metal Mirrors

Aranmula metal mirror
This is a metal mirror created from special metal alloys. This is manufactured in Aranmula near Chegannur in Kerala, India.

Aranmula Metal Mirror or Anamula Kannadi as is known locally, is handmade with metal alloys. Unlike mercury coated mirrors, which has mercury at backside, these mirrors reflect image from the front of the mirror. Exact metals used to make the mirrors are still a secret to the outside world. It is made of some alloys, and takes many days of polishing by hand to make it smooth.

There is also the famous ‘VastuVidyaGurukulam’, supported by government, which promotes the traditional art, culture and heritage of Aranmula.

How to Go To the Site of Aranmula Snake Boats, Temple, Metal Mirrors

Aranmula is at a distance of 110 Kilometers from the capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, previously known as Trivandrum. Chenganoor is the nearest railway station to Aranmula snake boat race site, at 9 kilometers away. Aranmula is well connected by roads. Cochin International Airport and Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, at around 110 to 125 kilometers away ;receptively, are the nearest airports.

Being a Village, there are no hotels at Aranmula. One can stay at Aranmula homestay or at Malakkarethu House

Aranmula is a beautiful heritage village.

Meenmutty Falls Wayanad

Meenmutty Falls Wayanad
A complete view of Meenmutty Falls Wayanad during monsoon season. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Meenmutty Falls Wayanad is located at around 30 Kilometers from Kalpetta. It is in Wayanad District, Kerala State, India.  Karnataka and Tamilnadu states borders are very close to Wayanad.

There is another water fall with the same name, Meenmutti falls, in the same state. It is near the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram.

Meenmutty  falls from a height of 300 meters; a three tier water fall. It is one of the best waterfalls in Wayanad district and and can be reached by trekking 2 kilometers from the Ooty main road.

Meenmutty water fall is little away from the main road.

En route to Meenmutty waterfalls is the famous “Pookode lake“, which offers boating facilities. There is also a Park for kids and space for walking for those health freaks. Pookode Veterinary college, one among the two veterinary colleges in the state of Kerala, is here in this village.

 

Eddakal caves

Eddakal caves, 10 kilometers from Wayanad, is another major nearby tourist spot. There are boats, which can carry 6 people, available to cross the river and reach the island.

Kuruva Island

Kuruva Island in Kabini river is another major tourist destination.   475 persons are allowed per day; as on  30th of November 2018 (this may be subject to change). Entry fee to the island is INR 89/- per person.  Entry to the island is during October to May.  9 am to 5 pm is the entry time.

Kuruva island is at around 15 kilometers from Mananthavady, 40 kilometers from Kalpetta and 58 kilometers from Sultanbathery.

Can You Name Some Good Wayanad Hotels or Resorts in Wayanad?

There are many hotels and resorts in the city and home-stay also is available. The Willow Resorts, Pepper Trail, Vythiri Village, Edakkal Hermitage, The Windflower Resort & Spa, Holiday Hill & Suites, Upavan, Sharoy Resort, Misty Hills Hotel & Resorts, Parisons Plantation Experiences, Le Villagio Holiday Apartments, Lakkidi Village Resort, Marmalade Springs Resort, Aranyakam Homestay, Grass Roots, Planet Green Plantation, Banasura Hill Resort, etc, are some of the best Wayanad hotels.

How Do I Go to Meenmutty Falls?

Meenmutty falls is at a distance of 95 kilometers from the nearest city, Kozhikode alias Calicut. It may take around 2 hours plus, to travel this distance. Nearest Airport is Karipoor International Airport near Kozhicode or Calicut.    Nearest railway station is at Kozhikode. Kozhikode is well connected by railways, road and air transport to the rest of the country.

Perunthenaruvi

Vechuchira Perunthenaruvi Water falls near Pathanamthitta

Perunthenaruvi waterfalls is at a  distance of 8.6 Kilometers from the town Pathanamthitta, in Kerala State, India.

Perunthenaruvi
Perunthenaruvi Falls

This falls is located in the holy river of ‘Pamba’, a sacred river for Hindus, which originates near to the very famous Hindu Pilgrimage temple at Sabrimala. It is located in the Western Ghats. Kerala tourism department is the agency which is in charge of promoting this falls.

How Do I Go to Vechuchira Perunthenaruvi Waterfalls near Pathanamthitta?

The falls is very near to Vechuchira, off Ranni -Vechuchira road. Two to three kilometers drive from the main road, takes you to the waterfalls.

The Perunthenaruvi water falls is accessible by Road from Pathanamthitta, Tiruvalla or from Ranni (23 Kilometers), other  nearby towns. Tirvuvalla, at 43 Kilometers distance  or Chenganoor, at 45 Kilometers distance  are the nearest railway stations on the broad gauge railway network. Cochin International Airport at 145 Kilometers away is the nearest airport. Thiruvananthapuram International airport also is almost at same distance from the Perunthenaruvi falls.

Where Can I Stay on a Visit to Vechuchira Perunthenaruvi Falls Near Pathanamthitta?

You may stay at Ranni or Pathanamthitta, which are the nearest towns. You may stay also at Tiruvalla, Kozhencherry or Chenganoor Towns, which are also near to the Perunthenaruvi falls; but little away than the first mentioned towns. Ernakulam alias Kochi, Kottayam, Kollam, Allapuzha or Thiruvanthapuram cities are also within two to three hours drive from the falls.

Staying facilities are also available at nearby  Pathanamthitta homestay or at Aranmula home stay.

A Word of Caution about Perunthenaruvi Falls

The rocks near the falls are very much slippery and many a life were lost here. In the excitement, majority of the tourists goes into this death trap. There is a warning board in this regard at the falls. Unfortunately, many tourists ignore this warning and go bathing near these rocks are fell into the river.

Athirappilly Waterfalls

Visit the Niagara of India – Aathirapally Falls

Athirapally Waterfalls, on Chalakudy River, is one of the beautiful water falls in India. It is situated in Kerala state. This falls is situated in Thrissur District of Kerala ans is known as “The Niagara of India”.

Niagara of India, AthirapallyAathirapally Falls.

Chalakudy river originates in Anamudi mountains, highest peak in south India, situated in Idukki district. Anamudi is part of the Western Ghats, which is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Athirapally falls, Water surges around massive rocks near the falls and then cascades down as three. The fall looks like Niagara falls.

Tourists can reach the top as well as the bottom of the Indian Niagara falls through the thick bamboo forests. Monsoon season, i.e. June to September, is the ideal time to visit the Niagara of India. You can find more information on Kerala Tourism website

Another major waterfall on the same Chalakudy river, Vazhachal waterfalls, is at a distance of 5 kilometers away from Athirapally water falls.

How Do I Go to the Niagara of India, Athirapally Falls?

Athirapally, Indian Niagara falls, is well connected by road, train and air or even by ship. Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport at 55 kilometers away. Chalakudi railway station on Palakkad – Ernakulam route is the nearest railway station at around 30 Kilometers away.

Taxi and bus services are also available from Chalakudy town. You need to buy entry tickets at the ticket counter, near the falls. Ticket counter opens at 8 am.

Cochin, the nearest shipyard, is around 55 kilometers away.

Is Accommodation Available Near to Athirapally Falls?

Staying facilities are available at nearby town of Chalakkudi (a small town), or at Thrissur alias Trichur (nearby city), or at Ernakulam alias Kochi (the largest city in the state of Kerala).

‘Plantation Valley” is a farm resort situated 32 kilometers east of Chalakudy (near to Vazhachal falls also) from ‘The Plantation Corporation of Kerala Ltd’, a Plantation company established by the Government of Kerala. ‘Rainforest’ and ‘Riverok Villas’ are some of the Athirapally resorts near to the Athirapally falls in private sector.

Indian Niagara falls in God’s Own Country, Kerala beacons you! Are you going to this falls?