Pongal is a major harvest festival in southern India and symbolized customs, tradition and culture. Here are 5 best places to visit during pongal holidays.
Madurai is the second largest city of Tamil Nadu and is very famous for the Meenakshi temple. The city of Madurai is situated at the bank of river Vaigai and is well known for its cultural heritage. The city is situated 475 kms 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 thanks giving ritual. Jallikattu is one of the famous Pongal celebrations part to never miss here!
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 is celebrated with grandeur where elephants are decorated like kings and you can also see the ver famous Jallikattu. Kolams or patterns drawn out with rice flour are by themselves a competition among the neighbourhood 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.
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 amphitheatre 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 speciality 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.
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 are the two famous must-see Pongal celebrations in Theni. You can also enjoy Tiger Falls, Suruli Falls and Cloud Land Falls
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.
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