Kerala Festivals you should visit in 2020

Kerala is a land of festivals. Festivals of Kerala ranges from the most famous celebrations like Snake Boat Races, Cochin carnival , Onam & Vishu to local events like Payippad Boat Race and Thutha Pooram. Each of these festivals are celebrated and enjoyed by people from different sects, regions and religions with fun, enthusiasm and gaiety ensuring the religious and communal harmony.

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Nehru Trophy is the most famous boat race in Kerala & most boat races are celebrated from August to October
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Onam is a Harvest festival & most popular festival celebrated by the people of Kerala
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Pulikali is a colorful recreational folk art celebrated with Onam

However the dates of each of these festivals change every year as per the Malayalam calendar and we have created a ready reckoner for you to refer if you are planning to visit Kerala in 2020.

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Kerala Festivals in 2020

Kerala Festival Celebrated Place Date Type of festival
Swathi Sangitholsavam East Fort – Thiruvananthapuram Dist 04 Jan 2020 to 14 Jan 2020 Music Festival
Avoor Utsavam Avoor – Kollam Dist 14 Jan 2020 Temple Festival
Kanjiramattom Nercha Kanjiramattom – Ernakulam Dist 14 Jan 2020 Muslim Festival
Thaipooya Mahotsavam Koorkancherry – Thrissur Dist 08 Feb 2020 Temple Festival
Neroth Peratoor Sri Bhagavathy Kshethram Utsavam  Neroth Peratoor Sri Bhagavathy Kshethram 19 Jan 2020 Temple Festival
Arthungal Perunnal Arthungal – Alappuzha Dist 20 Jan 2020 Christian Festival
Pattambi Nercha Pattambi – Palakkad Dist 01 Mar 2020 Muslim Festival
Adoor Gajamela Adoor – Pathanamthitta Dist 04 Feb 2020 Elephant Pageant
Machattu Mamangam Wadakkancherry – Thrissur Dist 18 Feb 2020 Temple Festival
Pariyanampetta Pooram Kattakulam – Palakkad Dist 20 Feb 2020 Elephant Pageant
Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam Kuttikkol – Kasaragod Dist 23 Feb 2020 Theyyam
Uthralikavu Pooram Wadakkancherry – Thrissur 25 Feb 2020 Elephant Pageant
Aluva Sivarathri Aluva – Ernakulam Dist 21 Feb 2020 Temple Festival
Parippally Gajamela Parippally – Kollam  Dist 2 Mar 20 Elephant Pageant
Chettikulangara Bharani Chettikulangara – Alappuzha Dist 29 Feb 2020 Temple Festival
Chottanikara Chottanikara – Ernakulam Dist 8 Mar 2020 Temple Festival
Ettumanur Utsavam Ettumanur – Kottayam Dist 3 Mar 2020 Temple Festival
Konganpada Chittoor – Palakkad Dist 10 Mar 20 Temple Festival
Jaganadha Temple Thalassery – Kannur Dist 17 Feb 20 Temple Festival
Guruvayoor Aanaottam Guruvayoor – -Thrissur Dist 22 Feb 20 Elephant Pageant
Guruvayoor Utsavam Guruvayoor – Thrissur Dist 22 Feb 20 Temple Festival
Chinakkathoor Pooram Palappuram – Palakkad Dist 19 Feb 20 Elephant Pageant
Attukal Pongala Attukal – Thiruvananthapuram Dist 12 Feb 20 Temple Festival
Thirunakkara Arattu Thirunakkara – Kottayam Dist 23 Mar 20 Temple Festival
Valliyoor Kavu Valliyoor Kavu – Wayanad Dist 15 Mar 20
Ambalapuzha Festival Ambalapuzha – Alappuzha Dist 11Mar 20 Temple Festival
Puthoor Festival Puthoor – Palakkad 15 Mar 20 Temple Festival
Chamayavilakku Kottankulangara – Kollam Dist 24 Mar 20 Temple Festival
Kottakkal Pooram Kottakkal – Malappuram Dist 24 Mar 20 Elephant Pageant
Malanada Kettukazhcha Poruvazhi – Kollam Dist 27 Mar 20 Temple Festival
Attuvela Mahotsavam Vadayar – Kottaym Dist 26 Mar 20 Temple Festival
Kodungalloor Bharani Kodungalloor – Thrissur Dist 27 Mar 20 Temple Festival
Nenmara Vallangi Vela Nenmara – Palakkad Dist 2 Apr 20 Temple Festival
Muchilottu Kavu  Theyyam Muchilottu – Kannur Dist 2 Mar 20 Theyyam
Thirumandhamkunnu Pooram Angadipuram – Malappuram Dist 5 Apr 20 Temple Festival
Cherthala Karthiyayani Temple Cherthala – Alappuzha Dist 5 Apr 20 Temple Festival
Othara Patayani Othara – Pathanamthitta Dist 6-Apr-20 Ritual
Peruvanam Pooram Peruvanam – Thrissur Dist 8-Apr-20 Elephant Pageant
Arattupuzha Pooram Arattupuzha – Thrissur Dist 11-Apr-20 Elephant Pageant
Palm Sunday Celebrated all over Kerala 13-Apr-20 Christian Festival
Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple Painkuni Utsavam East Fort – Thiruvananthapuram Dist 14-Apr-20 Temple Festival
Kadammanitta Patayani Kadammanitta – Pathanamthitta Dist 14-Apr-20 Ritual
Chamakkavu Kettukazhcha Mavelikkara – Alappuzha Dist 15-Apr-20 Temple Festival
Thirunelli Thirunelli – Wayanad Dist 15-Apr-20 Temple Festival
Mathoor Vinayaka Temple Thottakara – Thrissur  Dist 15-Apr-20 Temple Festival
Vishu Celebrated all over Kerala 15-Apr-20 Kerala New Year
Easter Celebrated all over Kerala 20-Apr-20 Christian Festival
Puthunjayar Malayattoor – Ernakulam Dist 27-Apr-20 Christian Festival
Edathuva Edathuva – Alappuzha Dist 27-Apr-20 Christian Festival
Palayoor Church Palayoor – Thrissur Dist 6-May-20 Christian Festival
Thrissur Pooram Thrissur Town -Thrissur Dist 9-May-20 Elephant Pageant
Kudal Manickam Iringalakuda – Thrissur Dist 10-May-20 Temple Festival
Thutha Pooram Thutha – Palakkad 13-May-20 Elephant Pageant
Kottiyoor Utsavam Kottiyoor – Kannur Dist 10-Jun-20 Temple Festival
Champakkulam Boat Race Champakkulam – Alappuzha Dist 11-Jul-20 Boat Race
Njangattiri Aanayoottu Pattambi – Palakkad Dist 18-Jul-20 Ritual
Nehru Trophy Boat Race Punnamada – Alappuzha Dist 9-Aug-20 Boat Race
Athachamayam Thrippunithura – Ernakulam Dist 29-Aug-20 Onam Festival
Thiruvonam Celebrated all over Kerala 7-Sep-20 Onam Festival
Payippad Boat Race Payippad – Alappuzha Dist 8-Sep-20 Boat Race
Kumarakom – Kottayam Dist 8-Sep-20 Boat Race
Aranmula Boat Race Aranmula – Pathanamthitta Dist 10-Sep-20 Boat Race
Pulikali Swaraj Round – Thrissur Dist 11-Sep-20 Onam Festival
Feast of Vallarpadathamma Vallarpadam Church, Kochi 16-Sep-20 Christian Festival
Neelamperoor Patayani Neelamperoor – Kottayam Dist 23-Sep-20 Ritual
Panachikadu Festival Panachikadu – Kottayam Dist 25-Sep-20 Temple Festival
Navarathri Festival East Fort – Thiruvananthapuram Dist 25-Sep-20 Temple Festival
Mullackal Utsavam Mullackal – Alappuzha Dist 25-Sep-20 Temple Festival
Navarathri Sangitholsavam Thiruvananthapuram 25-Sep-20 Music Festival
Urakam Urakam – Kottayam Dist 4-Oct-20 Temple Festival
Thiruvullakavu Cherpu – Thrissur Dist 4-Oct-20 Temple Festival
Vettikode Ayilyam Vettikode – Alappuzha Dist 11-Oct-20 Temple Festival
Attangyeru at Thirumandhamkunnu Angadippuram Malappuram Dist 18-Oct-20 Ritual
Thripoonithura Poornathrayesha Temple Thripoonithura – Ernakulam Dist 26-Oct-20 Temple Festival
Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple Alpashy Utsavam East Fort – Thiruvananthapuram Dist 31-Oct-20 Temple Festival
Parumala Perunnal Parumala – Pathanamthitta Dist 2-Nov-20 Christian Festival
Vallathol Jayanthi Varshikam, Kalamandalam Kerala Kalamandalam – Thrissur Dist 9-Nov-20 Dance Festival
Mannarasala Ayilyam Mannarasala – Alappuzha Dist 14-Nov-20 Temple Festival
Kalpathi Ratholsavam Kalpathi – Palakkkad Dist 14-Nov-20 Temple Festival
Payyannoor Subramaniya Swami Temple Payyannoor – Kannur Dist 17-Nov-20 Temple Festival
Chembai Sangitholsavam Guruvayur – Thrissur Dist 18-Nov-20 Music Festival
Vaikathashtami Festival Vaikom – Kottayam Dist 29-Nov-20 Temple Festival
Parassinikadavu , Kannur Parassinikadavu, Kannur 2-Dec-20 Temple Festival
Guruvayoor Ekadasi Guruvayoor – Thrissur Dist 2-Dec-20 Temple Festival
Kadampuzha Devi  Temple Kadampuzha – Malappuram Dist 5-Dec-20 Temple Festival
Perumthitta Tharavad Kottamkuzhy Kottamkuzhy – Kasaragod Dist 7-Dec-20 Theyyam
Mullackal Cherappu Mullackal – Alappuzha Dist 16-Dec-20 Temple Festival
Christmas Celebrated all over Kerala 25-Dec-20 Christian Festival
Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam Kanathoor – Kasaragod Dist 28 Dec 20 Theyyam
Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2020 Kochi December 12, 2020 onwards Art Festival
Cochin Carnival Kochi Last week of December Celebration

In Kerala, Malayalam calendar, the local traditions and customs determine the festival dates. Some of these dates will change according the local customs and rituals associated with each festival. Even though we have tried to make these dates as exact as possible, please recheck the dates again before making a plan to visit these Kerala festivals.

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