The New Year is around the corner, and festivities and
celebrations break out everywhere. In Kerala, January is the month of the
Kerala Village Fair. This fair, held every year at Kovalam and also in
Ernakulam, recreates a tiny traditional Keralite village and cultural
performances are held in this arena. It attracts several thousand tourists to book Kerala holiday tours, very
The Village Fair in Kerala
The Kerala Village Fair meticulously reconstructs the settings and
atmosphere of a traditional Kerala village, including the houses. Even the
ubiquitous Kerala Tea Stalls, called Chayakkada, are recreated here. The
tharavadu and Nalukettu houses, representative of the residences of the lower
and upper classes of Kerala are put up here. The thatched houses and the
mansions of timber are constructed with care, and are decorated exquisitely in
traditional style. The mansions have massive pillars, open courtyards and
Inside the houses, the ethnic crafts of Kerala are on display –
woodwork, ethnic jewelry, jewel boxes, sandal wood carvings, paintings, musical
instruments, furniture, swords and shields and more are on display.
The outside of the houses are decorated with exquisite Pookkolams,
the lovely traditional flower arrangements of Kerala.The whole creation has an enchanting effect, transporting the
visitors back to an era that appreciated beauty and elegance in every aspect of
life. You can also include a visit to this fair furing your honeymoon trip to Kerala.
In the evening, cultural performances are held. Various dances
like Kathakkali and Mohiniyattam and even other dance-forms from other states
like Kuchipudi and Bharathanatyam are performed here. Folk art forms like
Pavakkoothu, Villupattu, Kakkarisi Natakam and the famous Panchavadyam of
Kerala are performed. Kerala’s famous Martial Art forms like Kalaripayattu and
Theyyam are other attractions one can enjoy on Kerala tours in South India.
Besides the cultural feast, feasts that satisfy the tourist’s
palate are also on offer here. Various
sumptuous delicacies of South India, a wide and varied choice that leaves the
tourist confused as to what to choose and what to leave, are on display here.
Some of the dishes include theeyal, meen moilee, malabar porotta, mutton
biryani, fish stew drowned in coconut milk, avial, appam, idiappam, Vellappam
Visit the Kamalagramam, the special crafts and arts section, to
view and buy the magnificent arts and crafts of Kerala. Here, you can even
watch the artisans at work as they create their masterpieces. The
Kerala Village Fair, called Gramam Fair, is held for a period of ten days every
year in January. This festival is
usually held at Kovalam Beach. Book your tours to Kovalam, as this is one more reason to visit the ever
enchanting Kerala, ‘God’s Own Country’.