March 02: Gajamela, Kodimootil Sree Bhagavathy Temple, Paripally, Kollam:
(48 km north of Thiruvananthapuram). During the concluding days of the 10-day event elephants are gifted as Nercha (ritual offering for Prosperity). Over 50 elephants participate in the procession.

Highlights: Cultural programmes; Gajamela (elephant pageant) on the 10th day. Deity of the temple: Goddess Bhadrakali (Mar.01-mar.07)

March 11: Bharani Festival, Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple
Alappuzha: (5 km from Kayamkulam) Ritual arts such as Kuthiyottam, Kettukazhcha procession, cultural programmes, ritual folk art performances like Padayani, Kolkali and Ammankudam mark the Bharani festival. All-night Kathakali performance is also held as part of the cultural fare. (Mar. 02-Feb.20)

March 14-23: Arattu, Mahadeva Temple, Thirunakkara, Kottayam

(In the heart of Kottayam) The festival of this temple adorned with a beautiful collection of woodcarvings, murals and wall sculptures, is held for 10 days, of which the last two days are most auspicious. On the ninth day is Pallivetta, the royal hunting ceremony. The festival concludes with the Arattu procession.

Highlights: All-night Kathakali performance on the third and fourth days; Pageant of seven caparisoned elephants; Folk arts like Mayilattom, Velakali etc. Deity of the temple: Lord Siva. The idol is believed to be Swayambhoo (self-manifested) and not installed.
(Mar.15, 24)

March 20: Arattupuzha Pooram, Arattupuzha Temple, Thrissur:
(14 km from Thrissur).This 7-day festival is the oldest and the most spectacular of Poorams in Kerala. It is believed that on this day a hundred and one gods and goddesses of the neighbouring village visited Sree Ayyappan, the presiding deity of the temple. 61 elephants feature in the procession held on the sixth day, which is considered most auspicious for worship. The festival concludes with the Arattu (holy bath of the idol of the deity

Highlight: Musical ensembles like Panchavadyam, Pancharimelam and Pandimelam  (Apr.06,-Mar.28)

March 21: Utsavam, Poruvazhi Malanada Temple, Adoor:
(12 km from Adoor) Colourful Kettukazhcha procession with Kaalavela (bull motif), Kuthiravela (horse motif) and decorated temple chariot mark this festival. The Malanada temple is perhaps the only one in India that is dedicated to Duryodhana, the antagonist in the epic Mahabharata

Highlights: Folk art performances. Deity the temple: Duryodhana.

March 21: Easter: Like elsewhere in the world, Easter which marks the resurrection of Christ is a major celebration for Christians in Kerala. Devout Christians undertake the 50-day abstinence period preceding Easter known as ‘Lent’.