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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the most popular festivals in Kodaikanal?

Shikha Gautam DEC 10 2012
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The celebrations in the small town of Kodaikanal are as vibrant as the natural beauty that this places has in store for its visitors. The enchanting town is truly blessed with different cultures because of the large numbers of tourists who come from different parts of the country.

However, that does not mean that the town has left behind its tradition and culture. It still holds dearly to its ethnic practices when it comes to the spirit of festivals.

 

  • Pongal: Topping the charts is the very famous Pongal festival. This is one festival which is a hit among all the regions of the country. Like rest of the state of Tamil Nadu, Pongal in Kodaikanal is also celebrated with equal extravagance and grandeur in the month of harvest, i.e. January. This is the harvest festival of the region and hence holds a great place in everybody’s heart. Anyone who comes to the town during the celebrations can feel the beat of the town pulse by pulse as this is the time when the town gives a neck to neck competition to the beauty that is naturally bestowed upon this hill station.

 

  • Natyanjali Festival: Celebrated in the month of February or March, this festival is dedicated to the Lord of dance, Natraj who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Hence, the celebrations are marked with dance performances from different parts of the country. It is celebrated locally and the festivities can be spotted in different parts of the town. Also, this is the only festival where the tourist through different sources can take part in the festivities. You have the moves, then this festival is for you.

 

  • Chithirai Festival: This is one those festivals which bring in the people together as a community. The celebrations are held in the month of April and are backed by procession of Lord Kallazhagar or Lord Vishnu. People engulfed in the ras of spiritualism dance their way through the town and reach a certain point where a traditional puja is held with all the rituals and customs that have been taken from century old traditions.

 

  • Mother SaletteFestival: This one is celebrated at the very popular Mother Salette Church that is considered to be a 133 years old edifice of Kodaikanal. Every year in August, a nine day festivities is organised at the church that include people from all corners of Tamil Nadu actively participating. The festival reaches its jolly conclusion on the 14th and the 15th of August when a grand feast is organised for everybody.

    Along with such traditional celebrations, Kodaikanal also acts host to several other fairs serving to varied interests of the visitors and the locals alike. Some of the more popular ones are:

 

  • The Summer Festival: The festival finds its origin in the fact that initially Kodaikanal acted as a summer retreat for the American and the British settlers. Coming from that era, it is still celebrated with equal zeal and involvement in the month of May when the town is also at its best climate wise.  The festivities at this one include boat races, flower exhibitions, and interesting fruit shows.

  • Tea and Tourism Festival: This is one the most famous festivals among the tourists in the country and also other parts of the world. During the festival held in January every year, people get served with a wide variety of tea for tasting by the Tourism Department. If they like what they taste, which they do, then they can also buy the tea of every variety imaginable from this festival. Along with that, you can also enjoy the delectable South Indian cuisine and other cultural programs that are organised just for the valued tourists.

    Reading about all this must have pushed you to your suitcase, right? Then, what are you waiting for? Kodaikanal is waiting for you.

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