Visits since 1 Apr 2022 1,852,546
Visits since 1 Jan 2007 43,714,135
Fort Kochi Ebrochure

Onam - Pookkalam

Category - Festivals

Onam - Pookkalam

These children are taking the trouble to make such an elaborate and beautiful flower carpet or Pookkalam to welcome a special guest! He is the mythological king, Mahabali, who it is believed, visits Kerala every Onam. Onam is celebrated to commemorate the rule of Mahabali, the ideal king, who it is believed ruled Kerala long back. So despite the fact that no king really comes to visit his subjects, these carpets are made every year - one for every ten days of the festival. Not all the carpets are this ornate though. Most houses will have ones that are far less imposing in their courtyards. But then the good-hearted Mahabali wouldn't worry about the size, for him it would be the thought that would count!


Do you wish to add content or help us find mistakes in this web page? 

NB: You should not submit anything else other than addition / correction of page content.

For travel related requirements like accommodation, tour packages, transportation etc please click here.

Health advisory for Covid-19
District Tourism Promotion Councils KTDC Thenmala Ecotourism Promotion Society BRDC Sargaalaya SIHMK Responsible Tourism Mission KITTS Adventure Tourism Muziris Heritage saathi nidhi Sahapedia

Toll free No: 1-800-425-4747 (Within India only)

Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala, Park View, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India - 695 033
Phone: +91 471 2321132, Fax: +91 471 2322279, E-mail:
All rights reserved © Kerala Tourism 2022. Copyright | Terms of Use | Cookie Policy | Contact Us.
Developed & Maintained by Invis Multimedia.
We use cookies to improve user experience, and analyze website traffic. For these reasons, we may share your site usage data with our analytics partners. More info. CLOSE