Kerala Village Fair or ‘Gramam’ as it’s known among the locals of Kovalam, is a 10-day cultural festival-cum-fair that recreates the old vibes of village life with old school homes, handicrafts, ethnic clothes, ancient delicacies, folk music, and dance. This annual fair is organized at the globally popular Kovalam Beach that augments the entire ambiance with its enthusiastic waves. Besides being a marvellous reminiscent of age-old traditions, the fair is also an opportunity for the young ones to know all about the lifestyle and culture of their ancestors and take the legacy ahead.
Gramam is one of the most popular festivals in Kerala, that is celebrated in Kovalam, a culturally rich and most visited tourist destination in Thiruvananthapuram district. The festival transports you back in time when the lives were simple, and the surroundings were natural, in every sense, and essence!
The fair is organized in January every year. The dates for the 2021 Kerala Village Fair, Kovalam, have not been announced yet, but according to the locals, it's usually mid-January when the fair commences. If you are looking forward to joining the festivities, then January is the month when you will have to keep the dates free!
1. Nalukettu. Nalukettu refers to the quadrangular-shaped traditional homes adorned with luxurious amenities and an open courtyard at the center wherein the most influential and the richest people usually belonging to the ‘upper-class’ used to reside. During the fair, local artisans recreate Nalukettu homes by Kovalam Beach with wood and other natural materials. These homes are further embellished with old school furniture, paintings, ethnic jewelry, and musical instruments for the locals and tourists to adore and experience.
2. Chayakada. Chayakadda refers to old village tea shops. During the fair, a model of those teashops is created that prepares authentic delicacies of this region. You can relish the local tea, coconuts, coastal delicacies like Prawn Curry, Kadala curry, Kappa Meen Curry, Pazhampori, and so much more, prepared in true Keralite style.
3. Kalagramam. It is a souvenir shop which is a popular attraction of this fair. Here, you can buy handmade artifacts that include jewellery, paintings, wooden toys, shell showpieces, bronzeware, sandalwood products, and coir products.
4. Old Dance Forms. Dance and music are an innate part of any culture, and the Kerala Village Fair offers a glimpse of the same. Many local and renowned artists of Kovalam depict folk stories, folk music, folk dance, and other art forms in a creative rendition through their performances. Art forms like Mohiniyattam, Theyyam, Panchavadyam, Oppana, Kalarippayattu, Kummattikkali, and more are performed at the fair.
5. Ethnic Wear of Kerala. Local men and women dress in their ethnic attire to participate in the fair and get in sync with the old village vibe. The men wrap a piece of fabric called Mundu in white and off-white color around their waist and pair it with a shirt. The women wear a two-piece dress comprising a lower and a blouse which together is called Mundu Neriyathu. It looks similar to a saree but is draped differently. Women complete their look with jewellery and fresh strings of flowers in their hair.
Kerala and its cities are a treasure trove of mesmerizing coral reefs, scintillating beaches, mystical hills, dense forests, ancient temples, lip-smacking delicacies, varied Indian martial and local dance art forms and the healing practices of Ayurveda. One such beautiful place that comprises all this and more is Kovalam, where if you visit once, then you crave to come back! Every sight in Kovalam is surreal, maybe that’s why it’s one of the most popular cities of God’s own country!
Kovalam is well-connected via road, air, and rail network. It is 2,800km via NH 44, 1,700 km via NH 44 and 48, 2,400km via NH 16 and 720km via NH 44 from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here we have listed some of the best routes that you may opt to reach the city.
By Air. Travelling by air is one of the fastest and most comfortable options. If you are planning a plane journey, then you have to deboard at Trivandrum International Airport. The airport is situated 15 km away from Kovalam. Trivandrum airport has two terminals, T1 and T2, wherein T1 is dedicated to domestic flights and T2 for international flights.
Air India, Indigo, Jet Airways are some airlines that run regular flights from major metro cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Chennai to Trivandrum.
By Rail. Trivandrum Central Railway Station that is approximately 15 km away from Kovalam is the nearest to reach the city by train. The station receives trains from all parts of the country which makes it easy to reach. Chennai Express, Trivandrum Express, and Netravati Express are some popular trains that pass through or terminate at Trivandrum station. From the station, you can hire a taxi or get on a local bus to reach Kovalam Beach, the venue of the fair.
By Road. Driving enthusiasts may plan a road trip to Kovalam from nearby cities and states. State and private run tourist buses are another economical and comfortable option for those who wish to enjoy sights along the highways and the byways of the route. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) runs regular buses from nearby cities to Kovalam and offers detailed information about timing and fare at their official website.
Listed below is the estimate of distance from nearby cities to reach Kovalam along with the best route to take.
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