The South celebrates two grand festivals- Pongal and Onam, pulling in oodles of local and international travellers. Here are a few reasons why visiting the southern states during these festivals must feature in your bucket list.
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1.Pongal is dear to tourists:
Pongal, a South Indian festival, spanning four days celebrates the winter harvest. It is celebrated with infectious enthusiasm in Tamil Nadu and other neighboring states.
Here’s why thousands of tourists flock to the South during this time.
2.Savor the Delicious Cuisines:
A special dessert made of milk and rice is prepared to celebrate the first harvest of South India’s staple food – rice. Other savories and sweets like Vadai and Payasam are also worth a try!
3.Visit the Meenakshi Temple, Madurai:
The legendary Meenakshi temple at Madurai brightens up with lights, garlands and festive fervor during Pongal. People worship the sun, rain and cattle on this auspicious occasion.
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4.Visit Kerala during Onam:
Onam is a 10-day festival that beautifies Kerala like a bride. Celebrated in August-September, this festival is an absolute delight for travellers.
5.Witness the Boat Race:
The epic snake boats streaming through the inland waterways are a rare sight. The finesse of the riders will leave you slack-jawed!
6.Relish the Onam Sadya:
Festive food shall not be missed! The variety is to die for, as is the taste. Onam Sadya is a vegetarian, multi-cuisine meal comprising of steamed rice and an array of curries served on banana leaf.
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7.Gawk at the infinite Dance Forms:
Watch the festival come to life with beautiful Kathakali, Thiruvathira, and Pulikalli performances that will leave you spellbound.
Well, that’s one hell of a list to understand why these southern festivals must be attended without fail.