Line of festivals being held at Kochi subirbs

Published on : Thursday, December 23, 2021

Tourism stakeholders in Kochi are optimistic, due to a bunch of tourism festivals taking place in the city suburbs, coinciding with the peak tourist season in Kerala.

While the month-long Vypeen Folklore Fest began from December 1 at beaches and other destinations in the Goshree islands, theCheranalloor Village Tourism Fest started that would go on till the end of the month.

The fest displayingCheranalloor’s ethnic tourism potential is being hosted jointly by Kerala Tourism, Ernakulam District Tourism Promotion Council and Cheranalloorpanchayat. A tree house surrounded by huts prepared by the members of the tribal community from Pooyamkutty, a food fest, an eating contest, amusement park, exhibition ground for birds, domestic animals, oxen and camels, and pavilions displaying bullock carts and other modes of ferrying cargo popular till a few decades ago are among the attractions.

There are also stalls selling forest and tribal produce, backwater fish and Kuttanad ducks. A state-level tug of war contest in which 32 teams will participate and one exclusively for women, martial and traditional art forms like Kalaripayattu, Chavittunadakam, and TheechamundiTheyyam, a Kudumbasree arts fest would also be held, said Cheranalloorpanchayat president K.G. Rajesh.

A total of 60 clubs are taking part in the Cochin Carnival, the flag hoisting of which was done on Sunday.

A bicycle speed race was held in the Fort Kochi-Kannamaly-Chellanam-Fort Kochi corridor, along with the carnival’s tradition of hosting sports, cultural and arts events. A Konkani song contest was also held for the first time, as the Mattancherry-Fort Kochi region is a medley of different cultures, said P.J. Josey, treasurer and advisor of Cochin Carnival Society.

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