India is a country where colours, celebrations and cultures play a vital role. And, the small town of Kodaikanal is not so small when it comes to its festivals. A hint of colonial traditions and a pinch of pure south Indian heritage and customs make this a great place to experience festivals of India. Throughout the year, the Kodais have numerous fiestas to celebrate with utmost grandeur and pomp such as Pongal, Chithirai Festival, Tea and Tourism Festival, boat races, flower exhibitions, etc. Indian festivals are filled with vibrant decorations, colourful paper, fragrant flowers, multi-coloured lights, lots of dance and music and the enthusiastic crowd adding fuel to the fire.
1. Pongal – A significant festival for the people of Tamil Nadu, Pongal is celebrated from 13th January to 16th January every year. The last day of the Tamil month ‘Margazhi’ is when Pongal begins and continues into ‘Thai’ the next month. Essentially, Pongal is a harvest festival which is celebrated to thank the sun god for providing a good harvest. The season’s first rice is offered to the sun god. Every day of the festival has its own importance like ‘bhogi’ the first day – people clean their homes, ‘surya pongal’ is the second day where the worship of Lord Surya takes place and he is given a sweet made from rice and jaggery. ‘Mattu pongal’ is the third day where cattle are bathed and adorned with accessories. The last day ‘kaanum pongal’ when people get together and meet loved ones. In Tamil, Pongal means ‘overflowing’ and symbolically it denotes prosperity. To symbolise the abundance, people cook rice in a new pot with milk until it overflows. The celebrations pulse throughout the town and this festival make sightseeing in Kodaikanal all the more intriguing.
2. Summer Festival– Back in the day, this hill station was a summer retreat for the British. This festival’s origin is just that. It has been celebrated since the time of the British and continues on with enthusiasm and zeal even today. This festival takes place in May when the climate is at its peak. A bunch of different activities take place during this time like flower exhibitions, boat races, fruit shows, etc. The grounds of the festival are, without doubt, one-of-a-kind places to see in Kodaikanal. Both locals and tourists take part in merriments during this time.
3. Mother Salette Festival– Considered to be 133 years old, the popular Mother Salette Church plays host to the Mother Salette Festival in August every year. The festivities go on for 9 days and people from every nook and corner of Tamil Nadu join the celebrations and actively participate. It’s on the 14th and 15th of August when the festivities come to a conclusion which is marked by organising a grand feast for one and all.
While in Kodaikanal, not only can you enjoy festivities but also a comfortable stay at Club Mahindra Kodaikanal resort. Along with the spacious rooms, the resort also offers local delicacies of Tamil Nadu to indulge in at the in-house restaurant. Additionally, this Kodaikanal resort offers a plethora of holiday activities to keep everyone entertained throughout the family vacation.
Make this Kodaikanal resort your go-to resort in Kodai. As per the many Club Mahindra reviews, if you want to forget all your woes, travel to Kodaikanal and stay in a Kodaikanal resort during the festival season.