Onam is a festival celebrated widely in the state of Kerala. It marks the beginning of the harvesting season of rice here. There are widespread celebrations taking place all over the state for the entire week. For tourists, it is the best time of the year to be able to witness the different rituals and customs of this South Indian state. The heritage and flamboyance is in full force during Onam, and one can get to witness things which are hard to find otherwise.
Classic examples of Kerala style celebrations include elaborate decorations on elephants, which adds to the pachyderms looks and makes them appear even grander. The dancers, their exuberant costumes and makeup have been widely photographed and popularized all over the world. The boat race that takes place every year during this festival is a well anticipated event by the locals, and one should not miss out on the same if you happen to visit Kerala during Onam.
Club Mahindra has a number of well stocked resorts in Kerala. The vibes of the festival transcend all boundaries as the energies are flying high amongst the resort inhabitants too. Let us take a look at some of these Club Mahindra Resorts and the Onam activities taking place around them.
• Club Mahindra Alleppey: Alleppey is well known all over the world for its beautiful backwaters. While the beauty of this place is at its best during the monsoon months, this period also coincides with Pongal. The city of Kochi is situated in close proximity to the resort, and being a major city of the state, there are lots of festivities being carried out from this port town. One can witness the Thripunithura Athachamayam here, which is the colorful beginning of the Onam festival. The street parade is accompanied by decorated elephants and floats, musicians, and various traditional art forms of Kerala. This procession could be dated back to the days when the Maharaja of Kochi used to march down to the Vamanamoorthy Temple, which marked the beginning of Onam.
• Club Mahindra Kumarakom: This is another interesting Club Mahindra property, which is bustling with life at the time of Onam. According to the Club Mahindra Reviews by its guests, this is one of the best properties in the country today. Celebrations at Thrikkakara Temple go on for over 10 days during Onam. One can easily visit this place to see the cultural, music, and dance performances. The highlight here is the grand procession, pakalpooram, on the day before Thiru Onam. The main deity, Vamana, is carried around the temple grounds on an elephant, followed by a group of caparisoned elephants.
So visit Kerala during Onam and be prepared to get amazed by God’s own country!