Onam - Harvest festival

Months :August/ September
Location : All over Kerala

A picturesque harvest festival, heralding the annual visit of Mahabali, the favourite mythical king of Kerala and also the end of the monsoons; is celebrated with feasting, singing, dancing and processions. Major attractions are the famed snake-boat races Vallam Kalli held on the picturesque back- waters. Onam lasts for ten days and brings out the best of Kerala culture and tradition. Intricately decorated Pookalam, ambrosial Onasadya, breathtaking Snake Boat Race and exotic Kaikottikali dance are some of the most remarkable features of Onam - the harvest festival in Kerala

Kerala in late August is a dream! Nature in full bloom, festivity in the air, happy people and lots of fun! This is the time of the Oman festival, the festival that every Keralite calls his own.

The celebrations for Onam are on for 10 days, beginning with the Atham day of the Malayalam month of Chingam. Watch Kerala come alive with elephant processions, classical and folk dance performances, music recitals, cultural pageants, boat races and much more

Onam, a celebration of equality, justice and prosperity, is the State festival which unites all Keralites irrespective of caste, color or creed and is celebrated in Kerala with pomp and grandeur. The whole state joins in the fervour to celebrate the return of the King Mahabali to meet his ‘prajas’ (subjects). Legend has it that every year, King Mahabali, the righteous king visits the land from the nether world and Keralites unite in festivities to welcome the return of the mythical King Mahabali.

The whole of Kerala is splashed with vibrance during this season. The ten days of Onam commences on Atham day and goes up to the Thiruvonam day in the Malayalam month of Chingam (August / September). Thiruvonam is the most important day of Onam which is also the harvest festival.

Starting from Atham, the front yards of houses, offices and other public places are decked in floral arrangements called Athapookkalam to welcome in their king. Every nook and cranny of the state brims with games and the display of traditional art forms.

Attractions Onam Harvest Festivals

During ten days grand carnival celeberation of Onam Harvest festival following Folk cultural, Dances, Recipes and attractions as follows in state of kerala

Onam Dances

  • Kummatti kali
  • Pulikali / Kaduvakali
  • Kathakali

Onam games

  • Onakalikal
  • Talappanthukali
  • Kayyankali
  • Attakalam
  • Ambeyyal
  • KutuKutu

Onam Attractions

  • Onasadya
  • Pookalam
  • Vallamkali Boat Race

Onam Recipes

  • Parippucurry
  • Avial
  • Banana Halwa
  • Coconut Chutney
  • Idli
  • Pineaapple Pachhady
  • Mor Kuzhambu
  • Tomato Rasam
  • Palada Pradhaman
  • Dosas