Top 12 Must Attend Colourful Temple Festivals of Kerala

The God’s Own Country has many Hindu temples with unique traditions and rituals. The most famous of these temple festivals being the Thrissur Pooram, Here is the list of must attend colourful temple festivals of Kerala. Image source –

Thrissur Pooram – Vadakkunnathan Temple

Elephants in Kerala culture

Thrissur Pooram Festival held at Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur every year on the annual festival of Pooram. The festival is largest and most famous of all Poorams in Kerala.

Alpashi Utsavam – Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Padmanabhaswamy Temple host many festivals such as Panguni festival, Alpashi Utsavam and Aarat Festival. The festivals at Shankumugham Beach is a major annual festival.

Attukal Pongala – Attukal Temple

Attukal Pongala festival at Attukal Bhagavathi temple in Thiruvananthapuram is described as Sabarimala of the Women. The Attukal Bhagavathy Temple is one of the most renowned temple of Bhadrakali in Kerala and ancient temples of South India.

Kettukazhcha – Chettikulangara Devi Temple


Chettikulangara Devi Temple dedicated to the goddess Bhadrakali and known for Chettikulangara Kumbha Bharani festival. Kuthira and Theru means Horses and Chariots are all incredibly gigantic temple cars.

Nandikeshan – Padanilam Parabrahma Temple


Padanilam Parabrahma Temple is one of the major temples in Kerala, situated at Padanilam. The temple is dedicated to Lord Parabrahma and famous for tall statues of Nandikeshan from Edappon, Ulavukkad, Kudassanad and Naduvilemuri kara.

Chinakkathoor Pooram – Chinakkathoor Temple


Chinakkathoor Temple is also dedicated to goddess Bhadrakali and famous for Chinakkathoor pooram festival. Chinakkathoor Festival has ritualistic shadow puppet show of Kudhira kali.

Machattu Mamangam – Machattu temple


Machattu Mamangam festivals of Kerala is celebrated at the Machattu temple, held annually in Thrissur district over five days.

Kalpathi Ratholsavam


Kalpathi Ratholsavam is the most popular chariot festival of Kerala, in Viswanatha Swamy Temple at Kalpathi and known for its unique rituals and chariot.

Vrishchikotsavam – Poornathrayeesa Temple

Vrishchikoltsawam at Poornathrayeesa Temple is conducted every year and biggest temple festival of Ernakulam district. Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple is among the greatest temples in Kerala.

Kalarivathukkal Theyyam – Kalarivathukkal Temple

Kalarivathukkal Temple near Valapattanam river is the famous shrine of goddess Bhadrakali and place for Theyyam of Kalarivaatukkal Bhagavathy festival.

Ashtami – Vaikom Temple

Vaikom Ashtami is the most famous festival at Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, one of the few temples in India reverence by both Shaivaites and the Vaishnavaites.

Vallanghy Nenmara Vela


Vallanghy Nenmara Vela in the valley of Nelliyampathi hills is the festival of colours and elephants. Cultural arts forms of Kerala are performed during the festival along with Pandi Melam, fireworks and Panchavadyam.

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