Pariyanampetta Pooram, a seven-day annual festival packed with art and entertainment, is a multihued event that you shouldn’t miss, if you are in Kerala. Celebrated at the Pariyanampetta temple, the presiding deity of which is Bhagavathi or Mother Goddess, the major attraction of the festival is the Kalamezhuthu Pattu. It is a colourful ritual in which the images of the goddesses are drawn on the floor using different coloured powders. When accompanied by songs these images conjure a sense of awe among all the devotees and spectators around.
Art forms like Kathakali and Chakiarkoothu, representing the cultural heritage of Kerala, are staged during the festival days. The folk art of shadow puppetry called Tholpavakoothu, performed at night, creates a unique ambiance during the festival nights.
The concluding day of the festival is marked by a ceremonial procession of around 21 elephants. Folk arts like Kaalavela (bull effigy spectacle) and Kuthiravela (horse effigy spectacle) and others like Poothanum Thirayum would transform the procession on the final day into a highly entertaining one.
Nearest railway station: Palakkad, about 45 km away.
Nearest airport: Coimbatore in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu, about 55 km from Palakkad.