Theyyam Calendar

An ancient art form, more than eight centuries old, Theyyam is one of the most spectacular of the ritual arts forms of Northern Kerala. Theyyam performances include the myths and stories of the many gods and celestial spirits in Kerala mythology, and its performers are vigilant and committed to guarding the purity of the art form and preserving its ritualistic heritage.

Theyyam, believed to have been derived from the word Daivam, meaning god, is based on the belief that immortal spirits enter into mortal bodies to perform a ritual dance of divine revelation. The spectacular variety of Theyyam performances are possible through the use of elaborate facial make-up, captivating headgear, special costumes and unique ornaments. Theyyams are staged in various temples of Malabar, usually in front of the village shrine, with regularity each year. As performances are on an "open stage" they can also be showcased in traditional Malabar households during festive or special occasions.

The calendar below contains illustrations and images of 100 Theyyam festivals in Malabar. It highlights temple locations, dates of performances and details of the contact persons associated with upcoming shows. This collection includes one hundred videos of Theyyam performances at various geographical locations throughout North Malabar. The videos will provide a general idea of the costumes, rhythm, music and dance of this rich art form.


  Sl. no.   Temple   Approximate Date
1 Neeliyar Kottam 15 January 2018
2 Anthi Mahakaali Kottam (Nageniamma) 3 to 4 May 2018
3 Peringode Illam Thazhekkavu Bhagavathy Temple 23 to 24 April 2018
4 Chirakkavu Bhagavathy Temple 22 to 25 April 2018
5 Pinarayi Bali Temple 21 to 22 April 2018
6 Paravoor Puliyoor Kaali Temple 18 to 21 April 2018
7 Nilayara Bhagavathy Temple 18 to 21 April 2018
8 Puzhaathi Sree Pazhaya Parambathu Puthiya Bhagavathy Temple 16 to 18 April 2018
9 Malliyodu Palottu Kavu 14 to 18 April 2018
10 Sree Oravankara Bhagavathy Temple 14 to 16 April 2018
11 Sree Mavilaakkavu 14 to 20 April 2018
12 Pottan Kavu, Dharmadam 7 to 8 April 2018
13 Sree Ganeshan Kavu 1 to 2 April 2018
14 Sree Kuttichathan Madam 29 to 31 March 2018
15 Thottummal Kavullathil Sree Kali Temple 28 to 29 March 2018
16 Varayil Madappura Sree Muthappan Temple 18 to 20 March 2018
17 Gurukkalottu Bhagavathy Temple 10 to 12 March 2018
18 Koyon Temple (Pulitharammal Sree Bhagavathy Temple) 5 to 6 March 2018
19 Karuvalli Sree Koorumba Bhagavathy Kavu 5 to 8 March 2018
20 Kadukkaaram Sree Karimanal Chamundeshwari Devasthanam 2 to 3 March 2018
21 Thazhakkandy Tharavadu Chalil Kutti Sasthappan 2 to 3 March 2018
22 Muchilottu Puthiyakavu, Peralassery 2 to 4 March 2018
23 Vadassery Padinjarekkara Sree Puthiyara Bhagavathy Temple 1 to 2 March 2018
24 Kunnunjaal Sri Muthappan Madappura 28 February to 1 March 2018
25 Aduthilatheru Sree Bhagavathy Temple 27 to 28 February 2018



Disclaimer: The festival dates listed are in accordance with the Malayalam calendar and adhere to local traditions and customs. However, just as the customs and rituals associated with each place of worship can vary, dates may change as well. The calendar should, therefore, be considered as an approximate calendar, and dates listed should be confirmed with local authorities. Every attempt has been made to provide current and up-to-date information on contacts listed but Kerala Tourism accepts no liability for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of reliance on the information provided.