Oachirakkali Festival is held in the Oachira Temple, located at a distance of nearly 32 kilometers from Kollam district, Kerala.The Oachirakkali is also known as Oachira Dance and the Oachirakkali Festival is a kind of ancient, but organized mock battle. Unlike all the other temples in Kerala, there is no shrine or idol at the Oachira Temple. The principal divine being of the Oachira Temple is known as the Parabrahmam or the Cosmic Consciousness. Rows of men dressed up in ancient soldier's constumes wave wooden swords and shields and advance and retreat to the rhythm of traditional drums.Oachirakkali forms the first two days of the annual festival. It commemorates the war between the rulers of the Kayamkulam and Ambalappuzha principalities on the Oachira padanilam (battle field). On the third, fourth and fifth days there is brisk trade in cattle and agricultural products. Now a declining rural spectacle, the fair is being revived.The Kerala Oachirakkali Festival or the Oachira Dance festival is held in the month of June every year in the state of Kerala in South India.

Location info:

Address: Oachira, Kollam District, Kerala, India.
District: Kollam District.
Nearest City: Trivandrum and Kovalam.
Best time to visit: June.


Interesting things to do:

Watch the Oachira Dance.

Interesting things to Visit:

Krishnapuram Palace:

Krishnapuram Palace is located Kayamkulam, 47 km from Alappuzha (Alleppey), Alappuzha district. Built in the 18th century by Marthanda Varma, This two-storied Krishnapuram Palace was once the residence of the Maharajas/rulers of Kayamkulam kingdom. This palace features narrow corridors, saddled roofs and dormer windows. This palace is under the supervision of Archaeology department and is one of the brilliant Kerala highlights. Krishnapuram Palace has been restored as a heritage building and is visited by several tourists.Its gabled roofs, narrow corridors and dormer windows are reflective of the typical Kerala style.

Sreekrishna Temple:

It is about 14km from Alappuzha. The classic architecture of this temple is worth seeing. Besides its architecture, it is well known for its 'Palpayasam' (sweet milk porridge), offered to the deity. The main event of the temple takes place in the months of March/April.

Chettikulangara Bhagwathy Temple:

The locals believe that the presiding deity of the temple has miraculous powers. On the occasion of Bharani the temple is abuzz with activity in the months of February and March.


Arthunkal is a famous pilgrim center, known for the St. Andrew's church. The Portuguese missionaries set up this Church 1851 AD. The church is popularly known as St. Sebastian's.

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Police Station:

Kayamkulam Police Station
SH6, Kayankulam
Alappuzha, Kerala.

Mavelikara Police Station
Mavelikkara, Alappuzha

Police Station
Karunagappally, Kollam

Thrikkunnapuzha Police Station
Thattarambalam Thrikkunnapuzha Road

Nearest Hospital:

Primary Health Centre
Mavelikara Kattanam Rd
Alappuzha, Kerala.

Sovereign GEMS Hospital
Krishnapuram Mavelikkara Road
Mavelikkara, Alappuzha

V SukumaraPillai Memorial Hospital

St. Thomas Mission Hospital
Kannanakuzhi - Meppallilkutty Rd
Alappuzha, Kerala State.

Govt Hospital Vallikunnam

Alappuzha, Kerala.

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