Start Date: 15 January 2020.
Venue: Kovalam Beach, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
Mesmerizing natural beauty, a treasure trove of rich culture and traditions, pleasant climate, a bunch of nature’s blessings in the form of breathtaking hill stations, gorgeous rivers, spectacular waterfalls, sandy beaches, beautiful backwaters, evergreen forests, and a wide range of animal and bird species and a foodie paradise serving irresistible ethnic cuisines, the exquisitely incredible Kerala is bound to enthrall everyone with its spellbinding offerings, making it the most captivating tourist attraction in the world. Apart from these, it’s equally enchanting villages constitute a prominent tourist spot in Kerala, stealing the hearts of many tourists visiting the state.
The traditional villages of Kerala are worth visiting which offers a refreshing experience and a peaceful ambience amidst astounding beauty. The beautiful villages around Kovalam and near Ernakulam city hosts several fairs and exhibition attracting hundreds of tourists, giving them a chance to get a glimpse of traditional village ambience, culture, art and crafts of Kerala. The most popular one is the Kerala Village Fair, often held at the famous Kovalam Beach, a scenic beach location in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. The serene and scenic Kovalam Beach bustle with tourists from all across the world during the Kerala Village Fair which will commence on 15th January 2020.
Read on to know more about Kerala Village Fair 2020:
Kerala Village Fair 2020:
The 10-days long vibrant Kerala Village Fair revolves around dance, music, food and exhibitions which are known as “Gramam” in the local ethnicity. It is held every year during mid-January at Kovalam Beach which is a favorite hotspot of tourists visiting Kerala. Kovalam is even included in the India travel package of tourists during the fair season, apart from the beaches.
The main idea behind Kerala Village Fair is to bring into light the age-old traditions and customs of Kerala by creating a replica of an entire village in traditional Kerala style. Artisans from various places across Kerala are hired to recreate the entire village based on the bygone days of rural Kerala for the Fair.
The traditional ‘Nalukettu’, supposed to be the luxurious home of the upper-class in Kerala is set up near Kovalam Beach to form the venue of the Fair. Woods and tiles are used to recreate the ‘Nalukettu’ and the open-air courtyard is its main highlight. Various kinds of items of the bygone era like Priceless Furniture in Mahogany, Teak, and Sandalwood, Ethnic Jewelry, Exquisite paintings, Spice Bowls, Shields and Swords, Old Musical Instruments, Palmyra Fans, Majestic four Poster Beds, etc, are displayed inside the ‘Nalukettu’ that forms an endearing attraction which reflects an aura of the olden days. The courtyard of the house is decorated with colourful floral decorations known as Pookalam that adds to its beauty. The folk dance forms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Thiruvathirakali, etc, and traditional music festivities are performed in the huge open-air auditorium in the backdrop of the captivating ‘Nalukettu’.
Besides ‘Nalukettu’, the Kerala Village Fair also showcases a model of Chayakada (village teashops) which offers authentic Kerala Food and Kamalagramam (artisan homesteads) which displays traditional artefacts of Kerala including jewellery and handicrafts. The traditional Kerala delicacies like Kappa (tapioca) and Meen (fish) Curry, Puttu (steamed rice cake) and Kadala (chickpeas) curry, Pazhampori (banana fritters), Paripuvada (lentil fritters), etc, served at the Chayakada are worth its taste. One can also relish the taste of refreshing chai, tender coconut, lime juice, etc from the Chayakada. From handmade jewellery to intricately-carved furniture, one can find some of the most traditional and appreciable artworks of Kerala at Kamalagramam and also shop some for souvenirs. You’ll also get an opportunity to watch the talented craftsmen working on traditional spinning wheels and handlooms at the Fair.
What will you experience?
Portraying the rustic simplicity and ethnic charm of Kerala in the bygone era, the vibrant Kerala Village Fair offers an enriching experience for tourists as well as locals. It helps us to witness what Kerala used to be in its yesteryears. The replica of traditional ‘Nalukettu’, ‘Chayakada’ and ‘Kamalagramam’ gives an authentic ambience of ancient Kerala which cannot be described in words.
The fair is so lively with dance, music, and eye-catching exhibitions. To watch the traditional Folk dance forms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, etc is an added delight during the Fair. One can taste the best of authentic Kerala delicacies at the fair and can amaze at the brilliant craftsmanship of the artisans from Kerala. The way they work on traditional spinning wheels and handlooms are quite amazing and a new experience for the tourists. Ethnic dresses, jewellery, and handicrafts are put on display for tourists to buy.
Popular Tourist Attractions Near Kovalam:
The blissfully enchanting Kovalam is fully packed with a lot of tourist attractions that are delightful as well as experiential. Some of them are:
- Lighthouse Beach.
- Hawah Beach.
- Samudra Beach.
- Karamana River.
- Vellayani Lake.
- Halcyon Castle.
- Kovalam Art Gallery.
- Valiyathura Pier.
- Neyyar Dam.
- Aruvikkara Dam.
- Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple.
- Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple.
- Varkala/Papanasham Beach.
Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 13.9 Km.
Thampanoor Railway Station, Thiruvananthapuram, about 12.5 Km.
Thiruvananthapuram is well-linked to all major cities across the country by an excellent network of roads. Reaching Kovalam is never a problem as both State transport buses and private buses, autorickshaws, taxis and cabs are easily available.
Witness the yesteryear glory, delight in the graceful dance forms, savour authentic cuisines and shop some traditional handicrafts of the incredible state of Kerala while you explore the vibrant Kerala Village Fair at Kovalam.
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