Parumala Perunnal

The Parumala Perunnal festival is an auspicious and famous festival which is dedicated to the Christian community. The Parumala Perunnal festival is celebrated in the famous Parumala Church situated in the Pathanamthitta District of Kerala. The festival continues for about a week with festivities in full swing. Parumala Perunnal is a feast which is held annually to commemorate the Bishop Mar Gregorios Metropolitan’s death anniversary, the canonized saint of the Malankara Orthodox Church of Kerala. The Bishop’s body remains are interred in the church. On the Orma Perunnal (also known as the commemoration day), special prayers are offered by devotees and pilgrims at the church. The bishop is once again buried in the church during this occasion. During the commemorative feast, devotees offer special prayers while various other rituals are performed.

The main festival day is celebrated with devotees offering special services and followed by well-attended colourful marches where followers take to the streets to celebrate the feast. Followers of the bishop gather from around the state and parts of the world at the church premises to celebrate this auspicious day. The bishop is interred in the church during the occasion. 

The Parumala Perunnal is celebrated every year in the Parumala Church in the Pathanamthitta disctrict of Kerala. However, devotees from different parts of the state and the world descend on this small town during the week-long celebrations.

The festival is usually held anytime in April or May and is celebrated by devotees from all over the state.

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During the Orma Perunnal or memorial feast day, devotees offer special prayers while other rituals are performed. Followers from different parts of the state attend the festival. Just like all the other festivals held in Kerala, the church grounds are packed with vendors and stalls where they sell a range of food items, utensils and even jewellery. Cultural performances are held every evening and are attended by thousands of devotees. 

On this day a large procession is also observed throught the whole town which was attended by devotees from all over the state. Other cultural performances are also performed on grand level with market during days selling all items. The whole fiesta is an amalgamation of enthusiasn, rejoices, cuisines and cultural activities.



Getting Around

Kerala is quite well connected with all modes of transport. A guide to the different modes of travel in Kerala one can choose from for the fastest, cheapest6 and most comfortable rides.

Places to Stay

Among the high end hotels try Vivanta by Taj the best here. Oasis, Hotel Highland Park are good, affordable places.

How to Reach

  • Trivandrum International Airport is connected to Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi and Kozhikode.
  • Trivandrum central is connected daily Delhi and Mumbai by the bi-weekly Trivandrum Rajdhani, to Mumbai also by Netravati Express and to Chennai as well as Kozhikode and Ernakulam.
  • Thiruvananthapuram is on NH47 that links it to Salem, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Alleppey and Kollam to the north, and Padmanabhpuram and Kanyakumari to the South.

Surrounding Attractions

Kovalam is arguably Keralas most famous tourist attraction. Three crescent-shaped beaches separated by rocky headlands are Kovalams main hotspots. But there are less frequented beaches that are as picturesque all along the coast. No less enticing are the Ayurveda centres-cum-resorts that have mushroomed around the beaches. The most celebrated place of the festival would have to be Alappuzha.

Kovalam is the best place to watch the arrival of the south-west monsoon as it hits the Indian coast in end of May or early June. The humid wait, local debates on the arrival date, daily forecasts from Thiruvananthapurams Met Offie, and finally the black sky, wild wind, majestic thunder, lightning and sheets of water over the Arabian Sea make a great off-beat holiday.

Kovalam is famous for the three adjacent crescent beaches-Lighhouse beah, eves or hawa beach and Ashok beach. Lighthouse beach is the southernmost and the most popular.

Kollam lying between the eight-cornered Ashtamudi Lake and the sea, at the southern end of a network of backwaters, it makes for quite a lovely visit. Backwater cruises along the lake and its offshoot canals.

Neendakara port is famous for a post - monsoon phenomenon called 'Chaakara'. Mud banks are formed under the sea, creating a lagoon teeming with millions of fish.

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