May 07: Annual Feast, St. George Church, Edathua, Alappuzha:

(23 km from Alappuzha) Popularly known as Edathua Perunnal, this festival features a procession, in which the statue of St. George is brought outside and placed on a specially decorated platform. The Edathua church is modelled on the medieval churches of Europe.

Highlights: Kodiyettam on the 27th of April; Ceremonial processions; Fireworks display. (Every year Apr.27-May 07)

June 19: Champakulam Boat Race, Alappuzha: This is one of the most popular boat races of Kerala.

Highlights: Ceremonial water procession just before the race; Spectacular water floats; Decorated boats; Vanchipattu (folk song of the oarsmen) (July.06-June.26)

June: Chandanakudam Mahotsavam, Beemapalli, Thiruvananthapuram: (5 km southwest of Thiruvananthapuram).This colourful festival is celebrated to commemorate the death anniversary of Beema Beevi, a saintly lady whose tomb lies at the mosque. During the festival devotees bring money in pots smeared with sandalwood paste and decorated with flowers and incense sticks.

August 16: Nehru Trophy Boat Race, Punnamadakayal, Alappuzha:This, the greatest event on the backwaters of Kerala, is held on the second Saturday of August every year. Magnificent snakeboats compete for the prized trophy, which was instituted by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India.

Highlights: Ceremonial water procession; Spectacular water floats; Decorated boats; Vanchipattu; Races of smaller country crafts; Chundanvallom race. Second Saturday of August every year (Aug.08-Aug.14)