The annual festival at the Sree Ruthira
Mahakaalikavu Temple, dedicated to Goddess Kali, is the most famous
event in the region and is called the Uthralikavu Pooram. The eight-day
celebration is highlighted by day-and-night elephant processions.
The concluding day of the festival is celebrated as pooram day,
when about 21 elephants in traditional caparisons line up with colourful
parasols, swaying venchamarams (white tufts like those used for
cheerleading) and Aalavattams (peacock-feather fans). Traditional
musical ensembles like the Panchavadyam and the Pandimelam add rhythm
to this magical spectacle. The cultural fare during the festival
includes temple and folk art performances.
Venue: Sree Ruthira Mahakalikavu Temple,
near Vadakkancherry, Thrissur district.
Getting there: Nearest railway station:
Thrissur, about 20 km away. Nearest airport: Cochin International
Airport, about 58 km from Thrissur.