Perumthitta Tharavad


Kasargod, Kerala

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A cultural fiesta of traditions, colours, and history is how we can best describe the festival of Perumthitta Tharavad. On the aforesaid occasion, it’s as if the whole region of Kottamkuzhy, Kasargod in Kerala springs to joy and life. 

Celebrated with great fervor, this local festival of Kerala is all about diving into the past and enjoying the immense literature of civilization which sits at the backdrop of our way of living since ancient times.

While witnessing the whole affair, one gets to notice that the main element of this festival is the dance performances by the artists. Before the ritualistic dance performances, usually known as the Theyyam; a part of Keralite traditions, the dancers coat themselves in the paint from top to bottom transforming themselves into mythological characters, gods, demons, and ancient spirits of the local folklores and Itihaas (history).

The green colour used by the artists represents Gods and other ancient spirits. Whereas the other performers and artists painted in hues of the colour red are classified to be the demons. Apart from the visual appeal and overall aesthetics, the facial expressions by these immensely talented artists will simply win your heart away. Talking about the dates, the celebrations for Perumthitta Tharavad 2020 which generally happens for 10 days in December annually have been suspended due to the ongoing COVID situation.

Major Attractions of Perumthitta Tharavad Kottamkuzhy 2020

1. A Visual Treat

The local festival is a definite treat for sore eyes; as during the festivities one gets to explore this part of Indian culture in a ‘never before seen’ manner. Moreover, during the occasion, people get to satiate their senses with several Theyyams (ritualistic dance performances/customs) like Chamundi Theyyam Festival, Panchoorla, Muthor Theyyam, Elayoor Theyyam. The rhythmic flow and the overall energy of this festival cannot be explained in words and has to be experienced in person. 

2. A Nice Blend of Rituals and Customs

Perumthitta Tharavad, Kottamkuzhy sees a crowd of tourists, devotees, and locals who gather to witness these iconic celebrations in Kasargod district, Kerala. All of these people who come here from all across the nation, essentially want to enjoy this festival and get to experience it for what it is: a nice blend of various rituals and customs wrapped in the quilt of Indian heritage.

How to Reach Kasargod

Kasargod is situated at an approximate distance of 2,209, 965, 2,255, and 357 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here are the details on how you can reach Kasargod by the following means of transportation and witness this phenomenal celebration of one of the most culturally intoxicating events and festivals of India.

By Air. Deboard at the Mangalore International Airport (IXE) situated at a distance of about 40-60 km. The airport is well-connected with other Indian cities and states. After deboarding at the airport, you can consider booking some means of public transport like a cab to reach here. 

  • From Pune - Board IndiGo, Spicejet, Air India flights from Pune Airport. The airfares start from INR 5,000-6,000
  • From Amritsar - Board IndiGo, Spicejet flights from Amritsar Airport. The airfares start from INR 7,000-8,000
  • From Surat - Board IndiGo, Air India flights from Surat Airport. The airfares start from INR 5,000-6,000

By Train. If planning to travel via train, then deboard at the Kasargod Railway Station (KGQ). From the station book a cab or take some other means of public transport available to continue your journey.  

  • From Coimbatore - Board CBE JBP FESTSPL train from Coimbatore Junction and deboard at Kasargod Railway Station
  • From Kannur - Board TVC NDLS EXP from Kannur Junction and deboard at Kasargod Railway Station

By Road. Depending upon your geographical location, you can also consider travelling to Kasargod via road networks. For reaching here, you can easily book buses (private/interstate), private cabs from nearby regions and cities. However, if you like to travel at your own pace then self-driving would also be a good option. 

  • From Mysuru - 227 km via NH275
  • From Kannur - 90-100 km via Kasargod-Kannur Road
  • From Belur - 185 km via Bandadka-Bengaluru Road 

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