For all the grandeur and opulence lovers, the Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam festival Kerala is a dream come true experience. Held in December, this festival offers Theyyam performers a huge platform. The festival takes place in Kanathoor village of Kasaragod district where Theyyam of the mother deity is considered as the most prominent attraction. Kerala’s pride, Kanathoor Nalvar BhoothaSthanam Theyyam is one of the best events and festivals in Kerala that is a genuine visual treat for all those people who rush at the stupendous spots amid the bubbly season.

Best Time to Visit

The dates of the festival depend on the Malayalam calendar and local customs as these play a vital role in deciding the time. The dates can vary at different places in Kerala with a change in their worshipping Gods and rituals. Thus, only local authorities can confirm the dates otherwise all others can just assume.Generally, this festival is celebrated in the months of December or January when the weather is pleasant. 

Culture of Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam Theyyam

The Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam is a colourful, vibrant culture and religious festival. It celebrates the oldest art forms of the country. The festival showcases mime, dance, anddd several ancient tribal cultures. These performances have great significance as it worships ancestral spirits and heroes. It is a rich visual treat to the eyes with locals and tourists flocking to the spots where this festival is organised. This festival worships the Mother Goddess, serpents, animals, figures, and trees. Theyyam, the colourful ritual dance, is performed by dancers.

Major Attractions Of Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam 

Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam is one of the main festivals of Kerala. If you are going to attend this festival, then make sure to witness the following major attractions of Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam. 

1. The stunning Theyyam performances

All those people who admire the plushness of Theyyam must cherish the Kanathoor Nal Bhoothasthanam as it is going to be an ordeal for them. The festival offers a stage for about 400 Theyyams to give performances together. The splendid expressions and exceptional performances of Theyyams magnify the beauty of the fest. Above all, the thing that gets highlighted the most is the mother deity’s Theyyam that is the center of attraction of the festival.

2. Beautifully decorated temples

Kanathoor Nal Bhoothasthanam Theyyam festival is held in December as a welcoming gesture to the upcoming year. It is worth every penny to witness the outstanding decoration of all the temples including Kanathoor Nal Bhoothasthanam that makes the festival a real success that enthralls all the senses of spectators.

3. An outburst of colors and compositions

Brimmed with wonders, Kanathoor Nal Bhoothasthanam Kerala festival attracts the people with incredible outfits and compositions of Theyyam performers. Primarily, their painted bodies with vibrant colors assist one to cherish an upheaval of hues. Above that, the thrilling music embeds the stars to the whole celebrations by putting all spectators into a charming stupor. 

Places to Visit When Attending Kanathoor Nal Bhoothasthanam Festival


It is a beautiful destination close to Kanathoor, known for its rolling hills and trekking trails. Blessed with natural beauty, it is a trekkers delight. Check out Ranipuram Wildlife Sanctuary when visiting this area. 

Ananthapuram Lake Temple

It is a beautiful temple located at a serene place surrounded by a placid lake. The temple is associated with Stri Anantha Padmanabha Temple. Devotees visit this temple to seek blessings of the divine deity.


It is a famous picnic spot by the banks of a lake. Families love visiting this area. They can also check out the ruins of an ancient Dutch Fort, perched atop Veermala Hills. 

How To Reach Kanathoor

Among the numerous fairs and festivals in India, the Kanathoor Nal Bhoothasthanam festival is a noteworthy one. Kanathoor village where the fest takes place in a remote location where it is hard to reach by train, air or bus but there is a major city of Kerala near to it, Kasaragod from where you can take an auto or cab to reach Kanathoor. Kasaragod is well connected to other major cities of India and its distance from Delhi is 2362 km, 965 km from Mumbai, 376 km from Bangalore, and 694 km from Chennai.  

  • Nearest Major City. Mangalore
  • Nearest Airport. Mangalore Airport
  • Nearest Rail Base. Kasargod Railway Station
  • Distance From the Major City. 72.5 Km

By Air

As such the availability of an airport is not there in Kasaragod district but Mangalore Airport is the nearest to it by a distance of 70 km from the place. There are other airports too nearby including Kozhikode airport (200 km) and Kochi Airport (350 km).  Afterward, you can take a bus to reach Kasaragod and then a minibus to reach Kanathoor village.

  • Distance From the Nearest Airport. 78.5 Km

By Train

Deboard at the Kasargod Railway station that is effortlessly accessible from the other railway stations of India. Once you reach there, you can take the assistance of the road vehicles that can take you to Kanathoor village of Kerala where the Kanathoor Nal Bhoothasthanam event takes place with full enthusiasm by the locals and enjoyed by the spectators. 

  • Distance From Nearest Rail Base. 21.9 Km

By Road

If you are willing to go Kanathoor by road, then a personal vehicle is highly recommended. In case you want your trip to be highly comfortable, then take a bus from any Indian State to Kerala’s Kasaragod district from where you can get anything a cab, bus, or taxi to reach Kanathoor. Explore the best of Kerala there.

  • Distance From Mangalore – 53.4 km via NH66
  • Distance From Kochi365.5 km via NH66
  • Distance From Panipat 2442.4 km via NH48

Frequently Asked Questions About Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam Theyyam 

Ques 1. What kind of festival is Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam Theyyam?
Ans 1.
Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam Theyyam is a religious and cultural festival. 

Ques 2. When is Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam Theyyam celebrated?
Ans 2.
This festival is usually held in the months of December and January.  

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