1. Elephant Festival
Great elephant march was an event organised by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation in 1990 to attract foreign tourists. It is a 4 day event which starts from Trissur and ends at Kovalam. It is lead by 101 tuskers. Elephants are decorated with gilted headgear and mahouts. The march begins with chenda and panchavadyam followed by Karagam and Kavadi, the traditional folk dances.
Tuskers then march from Muduvara to Velangan hills. Handicraft stalls and potters wheels provide a chance to shop. On the second day, backwater cruise in Kochi and Kathakali performances await the tourists. On third day, at Alappuzha the tourists are provided Chundan Vallom for boating in Punnamada lake. Kerala style lunch is also served.
Boat racing will also be arranged. On the 4th day, elephant march reaches Trivandrum where Gajaghoshayatra is arranged, followed by display of Kerala marshial arts. It has been very popular among tourists.
2. Desert Festival Of Rajasthan
Desert festival of Jaisalmer is organised by Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation. Jaisalmer is the city of sand dunes. It was first organised in 1979. February of every year comes alive with brilliant colours, music and festivity. The festival coincides with the full moon in February. The pick of the festival is the desert folk music by Langas and Manganiyars.
Camel acrobatics, camel races, turban tying contests, mustache contests and camel safaris are the attractions. The locals participate in multi-coloured costumes. A variety of handicrafts will also be there for sale. Jaisalmer is well connected by rail and road with major cities of India.
3. Rath Yatra Of Puri
Puri is the abode of Lord Jagannath. Rath Yatra has special significance to pilgrims who throng Puri. 3 deities Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are taken in 3 huge chariots in a thundering procession to their summer temple for a week. In mid-april Chandan Yatra at Puri is performed, in which Chalantic Pratima have a ritual boat ride after a refreshing bath in scandal wood scented water. It is followed by Snana Yatra in which the main images are installed on their bathing platform and given a ceremonial bath.
Then the 3 deities ride their grand chariots to their garden house and return to the main temple riding their chariots drawn by devotees. The festival is very popular among tourists.