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Type :Cultural
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Location : Swaraj Round,Trissur, Kerala

Picture this. Men dancing about in abandon, their whole bodies and faces painted to resemble tigers, their huge tummies bobbing about as they prance and move about mimicking a tiger.

This exuberant performance called the Pulikali forms an integral part of the Onam festivities and is held at the Swaraj Round in Thrissur district of Kerala.

The ‘pulis’ as the dancers are called (puli means tiger in local parlance), capers about and dances to the frenetic notes of the Kerala percussion music.

The artists go through the laborious task of getting their bodies painted in myriad patterns and colors resembling a tiger. Sometimes the artists may even take liberties regarding the colors and might even paint the facial features of a lion on their bodies. The theme of the performance involves playing hide-and-seek with a hunter who is wielding a gun.

A grand spectacle which has become synonymous with the Onam festival in Kerala, Pulikali is an event that should not be given a miss.

How to get there

By Air

Cochin International Airport, about 54 kms

By Train

1 km Thrissur, Railway Station