Perumthitta Tharavad, Kerala

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Perumthitta Tharavad Festival is a vibrant celebration that weaves together history, devotion, and camaraderie in the picturesque landscapes of Kerala. This annual ten-day Theyyam festival, held at the Perumthitta Tharavadu[1] Kottamkuzhy in Kasaragod district, is a radiant gem in the cultural tapestry of Kerala. The festival showcases a variety of Theyyams, including Elayoor Theyyam, Chamundi Theyyam, Panchoorla Theyyam, and Muthor[2] Theyyam, where performers don the roles of heroes and ancestral spirits.

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Perumthitta Tharavad, Kerala

How to Reach

By Air The nearest airport is the Mangalore International Airport in Karnataka, which is approximately 50 km away. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach the festival venue.

By Train The nearest railway station is Kasaragod, about 26 km away. From the station, taxis and local buses are available to reach the festival location.

By Road Kasaragod is well-connected by road with major cities in Kerala and neighboring states. You can reach the venue by state-run or private buses, or by hiring a taxi.

2 Days Itinerary

  • Day 1

Start your day early by visiting the Perumthitta Tharavadu Kottamkuzhy, the venue of the festival. Witness the vibrant Theyyam performances and participate in the festivities. In the afternoon, explore the local cuisine and visit nearby attractions.

  • Day 2

Spend the second day exploring the offbeat places around Kasaragod. In the evening, return to the festival venue to enjoy more Theyyam performances.

Get Around

Local buses, auto-rickshaws, and taxis are available for getting around Kasaragod. You can also rent a bicycle or a motorbike for a more personal experience.

Things to Do

Apart from witnessing the Theyyam performances[3], you can explore the local markets, visit nearby attractions, and try out the local cuisine.

Offbeat Places

Visit the Chandragiri Fort and the Bekal Fort for a glimpse into the region’s history. The Ananthapura Lake Temple and the Mallikarjuna Temple are other offbeat places worth visiting.


Participate in the festival activities, interact with the locals to understand their culture and traditions, and don’t miss the opportunity to taste the local cuisine.


Local markets in Kasaragod offer a variety of items, from traditional Kerala sarees and handicrafts to spices and local produce.


Try the local Kerala cuisine, which includes a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Don’t miss the seafood and the traditional Kerala sadya (feast).


There are several hotels and homestays available in Kasaragod catering to different budgets. It’s advisable to book your accommodation in advance during the festival season.

Go Next

After experiencing the Perumthitta Tharavad Festival, you can visit other popular destinations in Kerala like Kochi, Alleppey, and Munnar.