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This annual festival held in the Malayalam month of Kumbham at the Chettikulangara temple is one of the most well-known festivals of Kerala. The festival and the temple are dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Almost all the folk art forms of South Kerala are presented at the temple during the festival. For the Kathakali buffs the all-night Kathakali performance is a golden opportunity.

One of the most spectacular events that pulls a large crowd during the festival is the kettukazhcha, a ceremonious procession of brightly decorated structures among which the tall and bigger ones are assumed as horses and smaller ones as chariots. Other highlights of the festival include Kuthiyottam, Patayani, Kolkali and Ammankudam.

Getting there:

Nearest railway station: Kayamkulam, about 5 km away.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 85 km from Alappuzha.

Venue: Chettikulangara temple, Mavelikkara, Alappuzha district.

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