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Kannambra Vela

Venue: Sree Kurumba Temple

Location: Kannambra

District: Palakkad

An arresting visual spectacle, the Kannambra - Rishinarada Mangalam Vela is a grand finale to the summer festivals in the Palakkad-Thrissur region. Considered as the largest festival in this region, the festival has an intriguing nickname, 'Chakka Vela', relating it to a story about the harvest of jackfruits and mangoes. 

During the festival, two competing groups, the Kannambra Desam and Rishinarada Mangalam Desam (desam means region) lead the festivities. The festival is marked by grand elephant pageantry. 

A major highlight of the festival is the Vaalum Chilambum Ezhunnallathu – a colourful procession from the Sree Kurumba Temple to R. Mangalam Mannam indicating the arrival of the Goddess.  The Eedu Vedi, a ceremony which involves fireworks display is held at noon. 

A festival at par with the grandeur of the legendary Thrissur Pooram, Kannambra Vela is a festival that one shouldn’t miss. 

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Thrissur, about 33 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport about 75 km


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.

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