In the lap of the Western Ghats, lies a paradise
Kerala, the god’s own country
Peacock raised its feathers to welcome the joy
The elephant started humming with its trunk
The golden border of the white sari boosted its shine
Gazillion graces the fragrance of festival
Onam, gratifying sentiment to one and all…
Onam is a widely celebrated festival across Kerala, but it can also be observed and enjoyed by Keralites living outside the state, within the confines of their homes. This ancient festival holds great significance as it commemorates the homecoming of King Mahabali, who was believed to have ruled over Kerala in the past. The festivities commence during the harvest season, infusing the entire state with moments of joy and happiness. The people of Kerala wholeheartedly embrace the festival, indulging in exuberant cuisines, partaking in various events, and adorning their surroundings with vibrant flower rangoli designs. Onam is a time when families come together, communities unite, and the spirit of merriment permeates every corner of the state, spreading happiness and cheer.
Onam is celebrated with a unique cuisine called Sadhya, which encompasses a delectable array of dishes. The traditional Sadhya feast includes fragrant rice, flavorful sambar, creamy olan, mixed vegetable aviyal, delicious thoran, tangy kailan, aromatic kichadi, refreshing pachaddi, spicy kottu curry, creamy ishtu, heavenly paladar payasam, crispy papad, sweet sharkaravaratti, zesty pulinji, tangy pickle, flavorful rasam, and cooling curd. This elaborate spread of dishes adds to the festive spirit of Onam, delighting the taste buds and providing a sumptuous feast for everyone to savor.
The Puli dance involves rhythmic footwork, quick leaps, and agile body movements, portraying the grace and strength of a tiger. The dancers often perform in groups, creating synchronized patterns and formations. The accompanying music is usually a lively composition, featuring traditional percussion instruments like chenda and ilathalam.
Vellamkali, also known as "Water Play," is a traditional folk art form and a unique cultural activity observed in the state of Kerala, India. It is predominantly performed by men during the festival of Onam and involves synchronized rowing of decorated traditional boats called "Vallam" in backwaters or other water bodies.
During the ten-day festival of Onam, each day, a new layer of the Pookkalam is added, making it more elaborate and vibrant. People, especially women, and children, enthusiastically participate in creating these floral designs, showcasing their creativity and artistic skills. The flowers used for Pookkalam vary, but commonly include vibrant blossoms like marigolds, chrysanthemums, roses, and other colorful petals.
Embark on a delightful holiday tour with Travel Times during the festive season of Onam. Immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of this joyous occasion as we offer a unique and memorable rail experience. A holiday during the Onam festival, especially for a rail tour covering Karnataka, Goa, and Kerala, holds great importance.
Exploring diverse cultures:
The rail tour that spans Karnataka, Goa, and Kerala provides a unique opportunity to experience the rich and diverse cultures of these regions. Each of these states has its own distinct traditions, customs, and festivities. By taking a holiday during Onam, participants can fully immerse themselves in the vibrant cultural tapestry of these places. They can witness the local customs, taste regional cuisines, interact with people from different backgrounds, and gain a deeper understanding of the diverse heritage of South India.
Bonding and camaraderie:
A holiday during Onam provides an excellent opportunity for bonding and camaraderie among the participants of the rail tour. Traveling together, exploring new destinations, and sharing unique experiences foster a sense of unity and friendship among travelers. The holiday allows individuals to connect with like-minded people, make new friends, and create lasting memories together. It offers a chance to forge new relationships and strengthen existing ones in the backdrop of the joyful celebrations of Onam.
Experience the exquisite taste of Sadhya, meticulously curated by Travel Times Peninsula Rail, during the joyous occasion of Onam. Join us for a remarkable journey that promises to create everlasting memories.