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Peruvanam - Arattupuzha Pooram

19 - 31th Mar 2017


Temples and temple traditions in Kerala have a distinct identity of their own in the larger Indian context. Our temple festivals are no exception. Almost every temple in Kerala has an annual festival of its own which the entire neighborhood or village or city come together to celebrate. Depending on the nature of presiding deity, history of the temple, local traditions and resources these festivals take different names, hues and forms. Pooram, utsavam, vela, thalappoli are some of the common formats for these temple festivals.

Among these Poorams are usually spectacular and relatively short (compared to Utsavam) affairs involving caparisoned elephants, mesmerizing percussion (melam) and fantastic fireworks. Thrissur Pooram would perhaps be the most popular in this genre. Among such Poorams, the festival at Arattupuzha holds a place of pride for several reasons.

  • - It is considered the oldest among all temple festivals, currently running its 1436th annual edition (in March 2018), and several other grand festivals including Thrissur Pooram and Kuttanellur Pooram were once part of this mother of festivals
  • - It is among the grandest of all Poorams, spanning as it does about 24 temples, several villages spanning several villages or towns. Hundreds of elephants, artistes and artisans come together every year to bring alive this mesmerizing festival which is considered a Devamela (congregation of Gods) by many. For the culminating procession in Arattupuzha, seventy or more caparisoned elephants come abreast in perhaps a one of its kind spectacle on earth
  • - It is among the longest Poorams spanning twelve days of colorful festivities whereas most other Poorams last only a day or two. This would perhaps be because of the hallowed origins of Arattupuzha Pooram as a twenty eight days long festival (Utsavam) of what was then the most powerful and prestigious Peruvanam Mahadeva temple in Kerala

At Neelambari we are big fans of Kerala’s rich traditions and culture. We just love our temple festivals. And we are mighty proud to be in Arattupuzha where one of the most charismatic temple festivals are held every summer. Our beautiful little village Arattupuzha resonates so much with the magnificence of this great festival that its name, its topology, its social structure and pretty much its life, identity and existence revolved around our Pooram.

At Neelambari we are big fans of Kerala’s rich traditions and culture. We just love our temple festivals. And we are mighty proud to be in Arattupuzha where one of the most charismatic temple festivals are held every summer. Our beautiful little village Arattupuzha resonates so much with the magnificence of this great festival that its name, its topology, its social structure and pretty much its life, identity and existence revolved around our Pooram.

What greater joy for us then than to bring this festivity to our honored guests? Neelambari offers a no-holds-barred Peruvanam - Arattupuzha Pooram package where our only objective is to immerse you in this grand old festival as much as our village does every year. Trust us, you would quite likely find it one of the highlights among all your Oriental experiences. While you are welcome to stay with us and partake in the festival for as short duration as a day, we will make it an incredibly worthwhile experience for you if are with us for a week or more. As part of our Pooram package we would offer you

  • - A knowledgeable guide would accompany you for all the important events of the festival that you would be attending.
  • - Audio visual briefings for all the important events that you would be attending. The briefing would be in English and would give you a perspective on the ritual, historical, social and cultural significance of the event / program / day of the festival
  • - Complete logistic supports for the duration of the event you would be attending. This would cover transport arrangements, safe drinking water, access to clean toilets etc
  • - Very comfortable and memorable accommodation and food arrangements in our luxurious and aesthetic cottages / facility
  • - A variety of engaging experiences to complement your festival events. These would include kayaking and boating in Karuvannurpuzha (river), Ayurveda treatments (wellness and rejuvenation or treatments to meet your specific needs), Yoga lessons, village and nature outings (cycling or trekking options) and much more.
  • - We will arrange engaging interactions (translated where needed) with elders, artistes and other key persons associated with the festival events. This would give you interesting perspectives and engaging narratives in the backdrop of a festival that is centuries old
  • For several key events in the festival we can tie up with organizers and arrange vantage view points without getting into the crowd. On the other hand we believe standing right in the middle of the thronging locals is an integral part of any village festival experience. Let us try and selectively mix the two :-)
  • - The festival period is also a great time to experience the countryside and also appreciate the architecture and grandeur of their temples. Many of these centuries old traditional temples allow foreigners to their premises only during the festival time.


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