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Best Places to visit during Pongal Festival

Pongal is a major harvest festival in southern India and symbolized customs, tradition, and culture. Here are the 5 best places to visit during the Pongal holidays.

Madurai



Madurai is the second largest city of Tamil Nadu and is very famous for the Meenakshi temple. The city of Madurai is situated on the bank of the river Vaigai and is well known for its cultural heritage. The city is situated 475 km from Bangalore and is a place of beauty. Pongal is celebrated widely here. It is a four-day ritual, where farmers gather to display the harvested products before the Sun God as a thanksgiving ritual. Jallikattu is one of the famous Pongal celebrations part to never miss here!

Thanjavur


The temples here boost the architecture of the Chola dynasty which is the breath taker. The lush green fields around will give you a natural feel like never before. The Pongal festival is celebrated with grandeur where elephants are decorated like kings and you can also see the very famous Jallikattu. Kolams or patterns are drawn out with rice flour are by themselves a competition among the neighborhood women. A special event to look out for is the Brihadeeshwara Temple's celebration of Mattu Pongal as many cows are lined up by the owners for puja at the temple.

Salem


Surrounded by hills, it has breathtaking views both along the ride up the hill and from the peak. There are also remote sites of beauty such as Kiliyur Falls. The city is surrounded by a natural amphitheater of hills formed by the Nagaramalai to the north, the Jeragamalai to the south, the Kanjanamalai to the west, and Godumalai to the east. Salem is popular for its textile manufacturing and steel plant. Pongal has its own specialty here. People perform the famous Fox Dharshan that grabs the attention in the interior villages. The highlight of this festive is that the members of the village bring a fox from the nearby forest to worship during the Pongal ceremony. After the worship, the fox is returned back to the forest.

Theni



This place is famous for cotton plantation and is also christened as the second Manchester of South India. During the first day of Bhogi, young boys gather together on the river banks and they perform Bhogi Kuttus, and women craft flamboyant Kolams. Manji Virattu and Jallikattu is the two famous must-see Pongal celebrations in Theni. You can also enjoy Tiger Falls, Suruli Falls, and Cloud Land Falls

Coimbatore


Coimbatore is also quite famous for its textile industry. During Pongal, you will find all the houses decorated in the super traditional ways and will also come across special shows in the localities. It is also a great place to go festive shopping with many stores offering special discounts and variety beyond imagination! The local temples and the surrounding villages can also be visited for a rustic experience.

MORE ABOUT PONGAL - THE HARVEST FESTIVAL OF SOUTHERN INDIA

History and Mythology of Pongal

The Famous Jallikattu festival

Types of Pongal

Puja Vidhi and Rituals of Pongal

Pongal Recipes   

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