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Thripunithura Athachamayam is the colourful beginning for the Onam festival of Kerala. Athachamayam is held on Atham asterism of the Malayalam month Chingam (August/September), which is the first day of Onam. Thripunithura is the small town near to Ernakulam in Kerala.

History of Athachamayam:
Athachamayam celebrations is closely linked with Cochin royal family. In the olden days, Maharaja of the erstwhile state of Cochin, used the custom of travelling to the Thripunithura fort with all his entourage. His people can greet him and see him closely at this occassion. People from all walks of life, including the priest of the church of Karingachira, Champil Arayan, Nettoor Thangal would greet the king. According another popular belief, Maharaja travelled from Thripunithura to Thrikkakkara Vamana Temple on the Atham day. The glory of the King is displayed during this march.

When the rein of the Kings came to end after independance, the festival had died out. But it was revived by the Kerala Government in 1960. Now, the procession is without the King, but with all the spectacular colours of the folk arts of Kerala, as well as the tableaus of the current happenings. Athachamayam is conducted in a spectacular manner in Thripunithura every year.

Athachamayam Procession:
Tourists as well as the local people can witness almost all the art forms tableaus in Athachamayam procession. Witnessing this event is an enchanting experience for anyone. There will be many caparisoned elephants (elephants decorated with the traditional 'Nettipattam'). Kerala's art forms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Thiruvathirakali, Theyyam, Karakattam, Ammankudam, Attakavadi, Pulikali, Mayilattam and many more are presented as floats in this procession.

Kerala's famous musical ensembles Chendamelam, Panchavadyam, Pambamelam etc. can also be witnessed. Tourists, both National and International, flock Tripunithura to witness this spectacular, customary procession. Floral carpets are also made during Athachamayam.

Reaching Tripunithura:
One can reach Thripunithura by road, rail or Air. Cochin International Airport is about 30 km from Thripunithura. There is a railway station at Thripunithura. Also, one can get down at Ernakulam Town or Ernakulam Junction Railway Stations to reach Thripunithura. There are a lot of private and KSRTC bus services to this historical town.

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