Parumala

Why To Go

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 primary festival day is celebrated with devotees offering specialized 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 commemorate 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 district 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.

Travel Tips

We have a few travel tips for all our visitors to ensure their trips run smoothly and that they have a great time in God’s Own Country. To be a part of this festival visit Kerala during the months of April or May, prior to the festival date. Get to know about the festival, so that you can enjoy in full swing.

Things To Do

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

Getting Around

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

How To Reach

FLIGHT

Trivandrum International Airport is connected to Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi and Kozhikode.

TRAIN

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.

ROAD

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.

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Surrounding Attractions

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.
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