Cochin Carnival

With immense zest and zeal thousands flock to Fort Kochi on New Year’s Eve to welcome the New Year by burning the massive statue of an old man named, Pappanji. Burning of this 35-feet huge Pappanji that stands tall amidst the crowd, just like a skyscraper symbolises the welcoming of hope and harmony. Fort Kochi’s biggest gala the Cochin Carnival organised by the District Tourism Promotion Coun....
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A procession enriched with caparisoned elephants, folk performances, vibrant costumes, music and percussions taken out on New Year’s Day is a fantastic kick off to the New Year. Cochin Carnival is a cultural reflection of the hybrid past of Fort Kochi. It has its origins rooted deep in the Portuguese and British rule. The Portuguese New Year celebrations during the colonial era gradually paved the way for the Cochin Carnival. Based on the themes ‘Participation’, ‘Development’, ‘Peace’, ‘Adventure’ and ‘Environment’, the Carnival was conceived in the International Year of the Youth.

Organized By

Tourist Information Officer
Pradeep Chandran
Department of Tourism

How to reach

The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, which is 37 KMs away.
The nearest convenient railway station is Ernakulam South Railway Station, which is 13 KMs away.
The nearest major city is Fort Kochi, which is 1KMs away.
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Event Details
Venue Address
Fort Kochi
Date Time

31 Dec 2023 - 1 Jan 2024



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