Venue: Thekkinkadu Maidanam in the heart of Thrissur district.
Want to loose yourself amid the heady mixture of pomp and pageantry? Then ensure your presence in the Thekkinkadu Maidanam at Thrissur to celebrate the world-renowned Thrissur pooram, arguably the most famous festival of Kerala.
The festival held on the premises of the Vadakkumnatha temple, which is a classic example of Kerala style of architecture, is made spectacular by the pageant of 30 caparisoned elephants and kudamattom, a competition involving swift rhythmic changing of brightly coloured and sequined parasols.
Ilanjitharamelam, an amazing percussion ensemble featuring about 250 odd artistes, ushers in tens of thousands of music-lovers, who wave their hands in accordance to the rhythm generated by the chenda, kuzhal, kombu and elathalam (traditional instruments of Kerala). An astounding firework would light up the sky to provide a grand finale to two days of classic entertainment.
Nearest railway station: Thrissur, about a kilometer away.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 58 km from Thrissur.
In Kerala, festival dates are decided in accordance with the Malayalam calendar and the local traditions and customs. We have calculated the festival dates based on these. But there can be changes in the dates according the customs and rituals associated with each place of worship. As such, these should be considered only as approximate dates and have to be confirmed with the local authorities.