Vadakkumnathan Shiva Temple and Other Temples in Kerala|Vadakkumnathan Shiva Temple, Thrissur, India | Map
Be prepared to sleep before or after the festival
The peak of Pooram is a non-stop 36-hour festival starting at 6 a.m. that’s loud and energetic, so don’t expect much shuteye during the day and a half of the main Pooram celebration. Definitely bring ear plugs if you attempt to sleep and you’re staying in town.
Bring your camera
This is one of the most photogenic festivals in the world.
Only Hindus are allowed to enter the Temple
The festival attracts Muslims, Christians, and the secular so don’t feel excluded if you can’t go into the temple. The accessible mound surrounding the Vadakkunathan Temple affords wonderful vistas of the area.
Ask about where to find the Thypooya Maholsavam
This procession of dancers carrying huge decorative structures is quite a sight to behold.
Accommodations get very tight during Pooram, so you may need to look at traditional homestays if you make a last minute decision to arrive, although you won’t sleep much during the 36-hour peak time of the festival.