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Festivals

Onam is arguably the most festive period for the people of Kerala as a whole. The exact dates of the festive period vary depending on the Malayalam lunar calendar, but invariably its a 10-day period between mid-August and mid- September. This marks the beginning of the harvest season and is a period of exuberance and cheerfulness. Shopping, traditional food, trade fairs and temple festivals add to the colour of the celebratory mood. Legend has it that Onam marks the period when the good-hearted and generous asura (demon) king Mahabali visits his subjects after he was pushed underground by Vamana (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu). The period is marked by colourful and intricate pookalams (floral carpets) laid out to greet the king.

The other major festivals and events celebrated in Cochin include Christmas (December 25), Vishu (April 14), Mahasivarathri (February/ March), Bakrid (January), Idul Fitr (October), Vallamkali (or snake boat race) at Alapuzha (Alleppey), Aranmula, Ambalapuzha and Cochin (July/August).

Shopping

There are many things that one can buy from Cochin, the list would probably be topped by handicraft, spices and nuts. Handicrafs include a wide range of products made from coir, wood, shells, brass, ivory and sandalwood. Kairali Handicraft Emporium 0484 2354507 and Surabhi located on MG Road near Jos Junction sells quality handicraft products. Small amounts of spices and other small items can be picked up from Broadway, which ironically has the narrowest streets are largest crowd in Cochin. The entire stretch of MG Road is lined with shops selling a variety of things from clothes, handicrafts and jewellery.

Kathakali Performance

See India Foundation : Kalathiparambil Road, near the Ernakulam Junction railway station

The Cochin Cultural Centre : Manikath Road, behind Medical Trust Hospital

Art Kerala : Kannanthodathu Lane, near Valanjambalam Temple. They organised Kathakali performances every evening. Kathakali is a  traditional danceform of Kerala and the impressive facial expressions, hand gestures and dance moves will leave one spellbound.

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