Athachamayam Festival or Attachamayam Festival marks the beginning of the annual 10 days Onam Festival in Kerala, South India. Athachamayam or Atha Chamayam is conducted on the Atham day (Attam) of the Malayalam month of Chingam (August – September).
Athachamayam Festival takes place at Tripunithura (Thripoonithura) a suburb of Cochin City, which is renowned as the Land of temples, situated in Ernakulam District, Kerala. In 2018, the date of Tripunithura Athachamayam Festival is on 15 August and Thiruonam Festival on 25 August 2018.
Tourist Attractions of Athachamayam Festival Tripunithura Kerala
Athachamayam is a very colourful festival with spectacular processions accompanied by decorated elephants and floats, group of musicians, and various traditional Kerala art forms. Some of the beautiful traditional Kerala art forms which are seen during the Athachamayam Festival in Kochi include Chendamelam, Panchavadyam, Theyyam, Karakattam, Mayilattom, Pambamelam, Pulikali, Ammankudam, and Aattakavadi (Aatta Kavadi).
History of Athachamayam Festival in Cochin
In earlier times, Athachamayam Festival in Cochin was celebrated in memory of the legendary victory of the Raja of Kochi. On the Atha Chamayam festival day, the Maharaja of Kochi undertook the Attachamayam march from Tripunithura to the Vamanamoorthy Temple in Thrikkakara (also known as Thrikkakara Temple). Though the era of Kings had ended, the festival is still celebrated with all its glory to mark the beginning of state festival of Kerala, Onam or Thiruonam.
Tourist Attractions in Tripunithura, Ernakulam, Kerala
Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple – The ancient Sri Poornathrayeesa Temple, dedicated to Lord Santhana Gopalakrishna (an incarnation of Lord Krishna, is the major religious site located at Tripunithura. More info on Tripunithura Sri Poornathrayeesa Temple
Kali Kotta Palace – Kalikotta Palace, located near the Santhanagopala Murthy Poornathrayeesha Temple, is a major land mark which once served as the entertainment auditorium to the erstwhile Rajas of Cochin.
Tripunithura Palace Museum – Hill Palace Museum is an archeological museum situated on the Ernakulam -Chotanikkara route in Tripunithura. Ernakulam Archaeological Museum exhibits stone inscriptions, murals, oil paintings, palm-leaf manuscripts, coins, and other ancient belongings of the royal family.
How to reach Tripunithura?
The temple town of Tripunithura is located just 12 km south-east of Kochi city. Tripunithura is well connected by road with other major towns and cities in the state.
Tripunithura Railway Station, managed by the Southern Railways, lies on the Ernakulam – Trivandrum railway line. Some of the major trains passing through Tripunithura Railway Station are Mumbai – Kanyakumari Express, Thiruvananthapuram – Bilaspur Express, Malabar Express (Thiruvananthapuram – Mangalore), and Thiruvananthapuram – Shoranur (Venda Express).
Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport.