Almost synonymous with Kerala, The Aranmula Boat Race is the oldest river boat festival in the state. Held during Onam (August-September), this race carries some religious significance as it is believed that the deity of the Aranmula temple takes part with every snake boat . Pampa Lake in Aranmula is the venue of this race where all boat strives to reach the finishing line in concert. The sheer spirit and enigma of the race invites spectators from all around the world.
Punnamda lake in Alappuzha hosts the Nehru Trophy Boat Race every year. The participation of the well known Snake Boats of Kerala is the highlight of this race. An embodiment of brotherhood and fellow feeling, this race represents the cultural coffer of Kerala. The race demands a lot of preparation well in advance as it calls for visitors from all corners.
Like the Bihu of Assam and the Baisakhi of Punjab, Onam is also a harvest festival that reflects the socio cultural milieu of Kerala. Celebrated in the month of Chingam (ending of August and beginning of September), Onam is marked by devotional activities, music, dance with delicious dishes. The aroma of nature and fertility is something that Onam is enriched with.
One of the most recognized festivals of Kerala is Pooram. It is the annual celebration that takes place in Thrissur and in some parts of Palakkad and Malappuram. Primarily a summer festival, Thissur Pooram is celebrated in Medom (April-May). The major attractions include the colourful processions with beautifully decorated elephants and the dare devilish fire work display. The elephants from various temples of Kerala conglomerate in Thissur to be a part of Kudamattom (Elephant procession).