Location : Thripunithura, Ernakulam
A spectacular event which marks the beginning of the ten-day Onam festival in Kerala, Athachamayam is a cultural carnival which provides one the rare opportunity to witness almost all the folk art forms of the state.
Every year on the Atham asterism of the Malayalam month Chingam (roughly August/September), Thripunithura, near Kochi, bears witness to this legendary ceremony which commemorates the victory of the Raja (King) of Kochi.
A highly vibrant procession in memory of the customary procession by the king and his entourage to the Thripunithura (Thripoonithura) fort, is taken out. The spectacular procession is accompanied by caparisoned elephants, floats, musical ensembles and a variety of folk art forms.