A Temple Festival, Circus and Fair in Wayanad, Kerala: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 28

Processions mark the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Processions mark the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala

It’s festival time: at the Valliyoorkavu temple on the outskirts of Mananthavady in Wayanad in Kerala. And I have Suresh Babu, a former BSF employee, to thank for alerting me to it.

I happened to be around on the last day of the 14-day annual festival attended by tribal folk from surrounding areas. It would a long night of prayers, folk dances, processions, food, shopping, circus and fairground rides.

Local tribes come visiting at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Local tribes come visiting at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala

During the day, things are a bit quiet at the temples but the roads leading to it are marked with processions from all directions – converging at the temple from early evening onwards.

Processions comprise musicians, dancers including a  few in masks, elephants, priests and devotees walking along, some with lit oil lamps. Quite an energetic crowd they make, walking and dancing and beating drums for hours. They slowed traffic down, but cops were doing a good job of keeping everyone moving.

Processions mark the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Processions mark the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Processions mark the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Processions mark the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Processions mark the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Processions mark the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
A masked dancer in a procession to mark the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
A masked dancer in a procession to mark the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Processions mark the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Processions mark the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Processions mark the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Processions mark the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Processions mark the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Processions mark the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala

Your future seems to be at stake on the path leading to the temple: it is lined with astrologers who claim to know where your life is headed by reading the lines on your palms or calling upon their parrots. They all beckoned me, but didn’t they foresee we cannot talk due to language barriers?

Your future at stake at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Your future at stake at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Processions mark the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Processions mark the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala

There was also food, lots of it. And shopping from trinkets to household goods. And a fair for those wishing to pursue higher studies.

Trinkets for sale at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Trinkets for sale at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
High-Tech at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
High-Tech at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Food is always welcome - at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Food is always welcome - at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Packaged foods at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Packaged foods at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala

A circus and a fair made for entertainment for all, atheists included. You can daredevilry with cars and bikes defying gravity in a well of death, merry-go-rounds, ferris wheels, antics by dogs and donkeys and more.

You can watch this video on Youtube as well.

Carnival time at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Carnival time at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Carnival time at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Carnival time at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Carnival time with daredevilry thrown in at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Carnival time with daredevilry thrown in at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Carnival time at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Carnival time at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Carnival time at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala
Carnival time at the festival at Valliyoorkavu temple in Wayanad, Kerala

God, communism, capitalism, entertainment, merry making – it all happens in Kerala at the same time.

The last day of the festival is the liveliest, and I stayed till as long as I could before heading out – I had two hours of driving in the dark to my next destination.

The spirit of Communism never goes missing in Kerala
The spirit of Communism never goes missing in Kerala

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3 COMMENTS

  1. "Maut ka Kuan"…very few things can match the thrill & adventure of witnessing it !!! I saw it for the first time at Pushkar during November 08….its enthralling…

  2. Everytime I read about Kerala, I find something different and new experience coming forward. I wish, I could get a chance to go and explore every part of the God’s Own Country. Thanks for sharing it.

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